Monday, May 13, 2013

Evangelism 5/13/2013

"But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."  Matt 24:13-14

I do not know about you but I long for the coming of the Lord.  As we look around us, it seems that there are so many things that are wrong in this world.  Natural disasters are rampant, there are wars and rumors of wars, new things are having a negative impact on our health every day and it seems as though the world has lost all sense of morality.  It reminds me of the last verse of the book of Judges which says, "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."  This stands in stark opposition to that which is right according to the Lord.

Beloved, only God knows when he will move us into a different age but in his word he has said that the time will come when the gospel is shared in all the world.  We might think that with the advent of television, radio, books and the Internet, the world has been covered many times over with the gospel, but do you know if the family across the street has heard it?  Have you ever sat down with anyone and shared it?  Sometimes "all nations" begins not in some far away country but right in your own neighborhood.

As those with whom the gospel has been shared, we have a responsibility to share it with others.  Jesus gave us all the "great commission" in Matt 28:19-20.  He shared the good news with 12 who shared it with many from all over the known world at the time.  This sharing has come down to you and me who must now take up the charge and carry it forward to the next generation until everyone has heard it.  It is when this is finally accomplished that the Lord has said he will come.



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