“In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1) The fourth word in the Bible must be understood or the rest of the Bible will make no sense.
Two weeks ago, we looked at the foundational truths of God. He is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and sovereign.
Last week, we looked at the attributes of God. Holy, love, mercy, grace, peace, and longsuffering.
This week, knowing these truths, we will be challenged to take God’s word to our friends, neighbors, and enemies. We will learn what it means to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
HOLY SPIRIT POWER
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:1-2)
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labors. (John 4:34-38)
God commands us to “GO” and teach others about Jesus Christ. He has given us His power to complete this task. Our area of operation is the world. We begin at home, then city, state, country, and then the world. There are souls ready to receive Christ, but there are few to reap the harvest.
Remember that God already knows our hearts, resides within us through the Holy Spirit, is powerful enough to give us strength to tell others about Jesus, and rules in the hearts of men to bring them to Christ.
Our part is to be willing vessels for God’s use.
Will we allow God to use us?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001