Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
Since childhood we have been trained to have a personal vision. We use a specific purpose to achieve a supreme achievement. Even a little kid also has the imagination to be a doctor, flight attendants, engineers, teachers, artists, and so on. It was very good because make them to have a positive purpose, though, as they grow, they often change their ideals. Why? Because, someone is getting grown will increasingly able to measure their potential and recognize their talent.
In doing everything and do any profession, we must have a clear vision and not merely doing routines.
If we have great vision, we will be passionate, focused and productive.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29: 18 KJV)
As a child of God, we are heirs who are eligible to receive the God’s promise. (Romans 8:17) We are eligible to receive the promise of blessing, protection, rescue, God’s defense, healing, joy, hope, and more than the winner. Every one of us has a favorite verse. It was very good because God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). But we are saved for a purpose, not just so we can enjoy the God’s grace for ourselves.
Every follower of Christ must know the Great Commission, maybe we even memorize it. However, with increasing our “knowledge” of God’s word, Great Commission simply become a beautiful slogan which is often used as a theme in the revival service or in Christmas celebration. Personally, our hearts more touched by verses such as: “Do not worry”, “Fear Not”, “God is the good Shepherd”, “You will be the head and not the tail”, “Lord is your defender”, “God prepared a feast for me in front of my foes” “God’s blessing is upon the head of the righteous “… and other thousands verses which more “speak” to our everyday problems. It’s not wrong, but the God’s word not only contains the promises. The God’s word also gave us commands to do.
“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)
God’s greatest desire is to save mankind.
That is the reason He comes to the world and sacrificed His life.
If God so loved the souls, aren’t we also like Him?
Proclaiming of Gospel of Salvation is not an option, but a must.
Not just because of the God’s commandments, but especially because we love God.
Proclaiming the Gospel of Salvation means to say that “Jesus Christ is The Only Way and The Truth and The Life. There is no other name that can save people beside the name of Jesus. Just Jesus is the only Lord and Savior”. As followers of Christ, we know and believe this truth. But oftentimes with many reason we lock our mouth. We fear of being rejected, fear of despised, embarrassed, feeling not eloquent, etc. Often we “forgive ourselves” who do not doing personal evangelism with the reason that we’ve been doing ministry in the church.
OUR FIRST PROFESSION ABOVE OF ALL IS A FISHER OF MEN. Do not hide behind the profession to not to preach the gospel.
Has been serving is not an excuse to not evangelize personally. Ministry is not a replacement for personal evangelism.
Do not bid on with the God’s Word of reasons, thoughts, and feelings. What we must do is OBEY! Proclaiming of gospel is not difficult, the important is willingness.
Satan is very happy to distort the facts by saying “Do not preach the gospel, do not serve, do not testify. You’re not worthy, your life is not right yet”. Satan knows if we serve and proclaim the gospel, our spiritual muscles will get stronger. Conversely, if we do not want to serve and testify, we are getting weaker.
Sometimes we feel that our life are not worthy so we did not want to testify.
But actually if we do not testify it will be more feasible because God has redeemed us from the great sin.
God give us a Great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) before He ascended into heaven. And God trust you and i to do it. A glorious task we have to do because we love Him. Have a vision in business, career, family, future, and services. Do the best with all that God has entrusted to us, because we are all witnesses to His glory. But above of all, place Lord’s VISION as the highest in our hearts.
Highest vision should not be a personal vision (vision in business, service, etc.). ALL VISION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO GREAT COMMISSION. End of all of our vision is the salvation of souls.Ultimately all should be back to the Great Commission.
By Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
(Inspired by sermon of Pastor Philip Mantofa, March 9, 2014)
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