Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord – Romans 12:11
Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” This was an instruction given by the Lord Jesus Christ, not just to pastors and evangelists, but to all who would believe on His Name. According to the Apostle Paul, He’s made us able ministers or dispensers of the New Testament. “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament…” (2 Corinthians 3:6). In other words, you’re a minister of the Gospel.
You’ve been commissioned to reach out to those living in darkness with the light of salvation. Acts 13:47 says, “For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” You’re a lighthouse, aglow with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No wonder Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). As a lighthouse, you beam the Gospel with steady radiance to others so that they can become lights as well.
Whenever you have the opportunity to preach the Gospel, don’t hold back; don’t be apologetic. Be bold and recognize that you’re God’s lighthouse in a dark world. He said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” When you’re aglow with the Gospel, everyone around you will catch the same fire and also become aglow for the Lord.
Each one of us is to stand as a burning and a shining light, living out Philippians 2:15-16, which says, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life….”
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Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the efficacy of your Word that brings salvation to those who are lost. Today, I pray for as many as will come in contact with the Gospel; that their hearts be converted, and be set aflame to reach many more in the world with the same truth. Amen.
Further study: Romans 13:12; Habakkuk 2:14