Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Great Preacher Has Already Come!

  Our radio broadcast this evening focused on one of our familiar verses.  One of my favorite scriptures can be found in several books but I usually go to Matthew 28: 16-20.  It gives us specific instructions:  All authority in heaven has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. 

The Great Commission of the Old Testament! 
What I find very interesting is that this was not the beginning and end of that message.  As we dig deeper we find that we have been directed to do this from the beginning.  Yes, in the Book of Genesis we find in chapter 12: 1-3 The Lord said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.  "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."  

We find in Isaiah 49: 6 “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.

So where does that leave us?  Surely, this is a big responsibility that we have been given!  How are we all supposed to do this?  We can't all leave our country, can we?  We can get out of our comfort zone.  We can  get out of our favorite chair.  We can go outside and down the street to a neighbor and share the Word of God.  

But we might say; "We are not all great preachers!"  My answer is the great preacher has already come, we are here to reflect the light of Jesus. Christ is the light of the world!  Remember if we are reflecting the light of Jesus, we don’t need to be a "great preacher."  

 You might ask; "How can I get enough strength and confidence to do this?"  The answer will be found here in   Acts: 1:8   But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Let us all pray that the Lord continues to have you and I work for His purpose, honor, and glory and that the Holy Spirit will come upon us and give us the power!

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