We Must Be About Our Father’s Business
The business of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended to bring about effective, measurable, perceivable, acute change in the minds and hearts of those who hear from us and see the Gospel active in us and through us, that is, us who are called by the name of the Lord, the community of Christians, the Christ-like, Christ-honoring, Christ-believing and in-Christ-born-again ones. I think that covers all of us.
Whatever we may call ourselves, if we believe in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation we are the Body of Christ, we are the Church, called, commissioned and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit empowered to be His witnesses to the whole world.
Yes. Indeed, the Gospel of Jesus is about salvation, it is about Heaven and eternal life, it is about prosperity, it is about healing, it is about wisdom and knowledge and understanding the Scriptures, but it is also about spiritual warfare.
It’s about understanding that we live in a world that is desperately in need of truth and righteousness. It is about ministry to the needy, but it is also about teaching the Truth, The Word of God, to the young and the old, to know the Lord and to stand for the truth no matter the resistance or challenge to our calling.
We hear about many terrible things that are happening all around us that are diametrically opposed to the message that Jesus, Himself, preached.
And too often we quietly dismiss them as mere social issues, such as, abortion, so-called sexual orientation choices in all its guises and machinations, the ordination within the church of those whose lifestyles oppose the Word of God and the evidence apparent in Creation.
Too many who claim to be Christians, wink at promiscuity and even applaud the conquests of the adulterer who seemingly gets away with it.
Do we support movies and other media that use their resources and profits to enslave and warp the minds of the young with hatred for God and disdain for His Word and His ministers?
Too many gather in church houses each week, content to maintain the status quo, while all around them the world is crumbling deeper and deeper into an abyss of violence, mayhem and degradation and they do nothing to resist its flow. Some have gone so far as to fully embrace the world’s system and its ways of life, ways that Jesus never intended for His people to engage in, and certainly not in the life of the Church.
Where is the uplifting that the Gospel proclaims?
Where is the transformation that Jesus came to bring?
Where are the signs that follow them that believe?
Where is the faith that moves mountains, that calms the seas, that heals the sick, that raises the dead, that reveals the mystery of the Gospel?
Where is the expectation that when we pray if we ask anything according to His will He hears us and if we know He hears us we know we have the petitions that we ask of Him? Where is the faith?
It may seem hidden or non existent so much of the time but it is strong and alive and rooted firmly in the heart and mouth of every Word-of-God-believer who is willing to speak, act and take hold of it!
When we’re facing a challenge, physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, financially, materially or relationally, where do we turn, what do we do?
We turn to Jesus, to the Word, the Bible, to earnest fervent prayer, running to Him for answers, for comfort, for wisdom, for guidance and for peace, as He has said,
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We come to the One who said, “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
We will win the world, we will live the faith we preach and trust in the God we exhort others to trust and receive. We are the salt and the light of the world Jesus has ordained and equipped us to be. We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nor are we ashamed of the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit. In these gifts there is the power of God to be His witnesses to every corner of the world.
We are not ashamed to speak the truth in the culture where some threaten to persecute us for doing so. Many of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world are being murdered and martyred for doing just that.
Silence is never our defense nor do we ignore the issues with the false notion that they will just somehow go away? Jesus said that there are some strongholds, some demonic forces that only go out by prayer and fasting.
Our warfare is real! Our enemy is real! Our weapons are powerful! And our victory is assured, if we will take up the sword of the Spirit and fight the good fight of faith, seizing every opportunity to bring light into the darkness, to bring clarity in the midst of confusion, to season the cultural conversation with salt, so that the flavor of our message is more desirable than the food of lies being perpetrated by the enemy who only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy.
But, Jesus Christ, in Whom we live and move, in Whom we have our being, He in Whom and of Whom we preach, this same Jesus has come that we might have life and that more abundantly.
If we say nothing of Him in the places where people live, then no one will hear Jesus from our lips. If we do nothing of Him, in and for His name’s sake, then no one will see Jesus in our acts.
But, if we live and speak and do the works of Christ in the world where men can see our good works we can change the world, push back against the advancing darkness and bring millions of souls into the Kingdom of our dear Lord, the Kingdom of Peace and Love.
The Kingdom of God is at hand!!