Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB)
18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Global missions should be the heartbeat of every Christ follower. Therefore, how does it affect the way you serve, pray, or give? How do you seek out opportunities in being a part of what God is doing in His world? How are you deliberately spreading the gospel in your own backyard?
Have you ever tasted the goodness of the gospel? If so, has the flavor of the gospel become tasteless to you? Do you long for the power of God to resonate through you? D. A. Carson has warned against a slow but sad progression of the gospel:
1. From a generation that believes the gospel and all its implications…
2. To a generation that assumes the gospel but identifies more with its implications…
3. To a generation that loses the gospel altogether.
Is the Church as a whole in danger of losing the power of the gospel? Have we forsaken the true gospel for substitutes?
Jeremiah 2:13 (HCSB)
13 For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.
Father, open our eyes to truly see the “good news” of the gospel. May we continually encounter You and go forward as Your gospel-speaking people for a lost, confused, blind, hurting, and forgotten world.