1997-01-17 - Do We Grasp The Urgency?I have been impressed of late, with the urgency of the Gospel message. Case in point: Here is an excerpt from a recent devotional of "Global Prayer Digest", regarding the lost souls in Azerbaijan:
There are only about 500 known believers among the 6,846,000 Muslim Azerbaijanis.
There is nothing more important. Nothing more eternally significant. Nothing more worth our time and effort. We get involved in a lot of things, many which are very good. But from time to time we need to evaluate our schedules and priorities, and think "Is what I am doing, thinking, planning, going to make a difference for eternity?" Jesus said:
Mat 6:31-33 (NIV) So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
We should be seeking His kingdom. We should be doing our part to bring the lost into the Kingdom. God has given us all spiritual gifts, and we all have a role to play. Some of us are to pray for missionaries, pastors and others in professional Christian service. Some of us are to give money to further the spread of the Gospel. Some of us are to go to the missions fields ourselves. And we all are to be prepared to share the Gospel with those around us, at school, work in our homes:
1 Pet 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
I urge you to think and pray about your role in this, and then DO it! I can guarantee this. At the end of your life, you won't begrudge the time you spent working for God's Kingdom.
Dear Lord, please show us what our role is in spreading the Gospel. Then help us to have confidence in You to "complete the work" in us that You have started, and help us to fulfill our role. In Jesus' name, amen.