Devotion No. 5
Happy New Year!!!! We hope each of you had a wonderful New Year. Thank you for visiting the Sampson Sister’s Page once again. This month I’m going to be taking just a short break on our study of the Fruits of the Spirit. I’d like to share with you a Sunday School lesson that I taught at The Parkway Baptist Temple in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. It was missions Sunday and I was asked to speak on Missions. I hope this devotion is a help and encouragement to you as much as it was for me when I was studying it. It was a reminder of just how important missions really is to the Lord, and to our family. I pray that in 2010 that you will devote more of your time, talent, treasure and especially your prayers to missions!
Matthew 28:18-20= (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 alway, even unto the end of the world.”
I. The Command: We each are commanded by God “to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature” (Mark 16:15). Christ gave this command to his disciples urging them to take the gospel and to carry it throughout the world and to never cease telling it. He did not want it to die with their generation but to be carried out until his return. For us as Christians, involvement in this command isn’t optional, because Jesus spoke it and we have all been commissioned. Christ told us in Acts 1:8 that we are to be witnesses unto him in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria and in the uttermost parts of the world. When I was a little girl my dad taught me that Jerusalem could stand for your city, Judea could stand for your state, and Samaria was your country. He told me that Christ gave me the command to take the gospel to the world now for me to choose where I will serve. You can serve anywhere in this world just get the word out! That’s what he’s asking. You don’t necessarily have to go across the waters into a foreign land but you can tell your neighbor or your co-workers. Each of us is to be contributing to missions and evangelism of the gospel in some way. We must purpose within ourselves a heart of obedience to the Great commission and ask ourselves, “How can I best contribute to this commission given by Christ?”
II. The Need: There are currently around 6.3 billion people living on the planet earth, and unfortunately only one-third is confessing believers. This means very little today though we “see” many who confess the name of Christ as a believer, but then their life shows different. In the day we are living, everyone’s a “Christian” but I ask where are the Fruits? I am sad to say that many of them are denouncing and putting a scar on the name of Jesus Christ. So we have a big task before us. There are over 24,000 people groups defined by language, ethnicity, language, and religion and of those over 10,000 are considered “Unreached. This world is lost and dying on their way to hell (Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.) They are living in darkness. Someone has to take the “light of the gospel” to them and turn their hearts to God. (Acts 26:18) Romans 10:14-15… we must ask ourselves the question how shall they believe if they have not heard? We must give the gospel feet and tell this world about the Savior that died to set them free from their sins.
III. The Provision: We see the Head of the Church, Christ, has already paved the way. He has been there working on our behalf and making provisions for us. He not only set the standard as a missionary spreading the Gospel (Christ the first missionary) (Matt 9:35-36) but has equipped us with the strength, resources, and spiritual gifts required to carry out this command. Now the question is, “Are you going to respond to this calling?” One main reason there aren’t enough missionaries on the field today is not that God hasn’t called enough because he has never failed on his part, it’s because people haven’t responded to this clear commission given. So what’s the problem? There are too many excuses handcuffing us from being of use to God and doing a work (Lk. 9:59-62). Obedience to this commission to reach the lost, causes us to evaluate our lives and determine whether God has given us the ability to best fulfill the Great Commission by physically taking the gospel into this lost and dying world. If not, there are other ways to be a contribution.
1) Giving of money can help put ones out there who are capable of reaching the dying for the furtherance of the kingdom. (Matt 6:21, “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”) Ref. John 4:35-37. Time, Talent, and Treasure.
2) Prayer is the most powerful tool and just uttering a prayer for those out there on the mission field can help more than you would ever imagine. James 5:16, “…and pray ye one for another…” Where you sow there will u also reap. If we sow in praying and giving money to our missionaries we will reap the benefits of it. Which are souls. The souls will then be added to our account. As Ps 126:6 says (2 Cor. 9:6-7) (Gals 6:7-9) (Ps 126:5-6)
Conclusion: So we see the Great Commission has been set before us, and we are aware of the enormous need of putting feet on the Gospel and getting it out there because souls are dying without Christ and Hell is gaining more people as we speak… So I challenge you whether it is physically answering the call and surrendering the call to go into the mission field or giving of money or supporting through prayer it will impact lives around the world. And ultimately it will bring forth glory and honor unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I hope this lesson will help you this year to give and do more for missions than you have ever done before. I know that the economy is week, and unstable. But when the way seems rocky, God is there in the storm! It’s time for him to take very little and make something big out of it!
Next time we’ll dive back into the Word and learn of the fifth Fruit of the Spirit, Longsuffering or patience. I know for me, I need to learn to practice that Fruit in my own life. That’s one of the toughest for so many. So visit back in a few months, and let’s see what God will teach us on the subject of “longsuffering.” Thanks for reading, I hope and pray it was a help and encouragement. God Bless!!!