This is the church’s finest hour; this is a season to step into what has been prepared for us, far above all we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.
We are called to live purposefully, not as unwise but as wise sensible people, making the most of the time, buying up each opportunity to share this amazing Gospel because the days are evil.
At this time, where so much fake news is circulating and conspiracy theories abound, we have received the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that gives us a firm foundation which cannot be shaken.
The Good News is not just there for us to enjoy. It is so tempting to just live as an island or an isolated Christian community. We are the salt of the earth and we need to redeem the time. He sacrificially laid down His life for us, and for the whole world.
God wants to touch our nation through us as saltshakers. The message we have is what Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished”. The obedience of Christ is a great imperative – because He died and rose again and is seated in heaven, He has called us to be obedient in these days. He has no feet but ours, no hands but ours and by the same Holy Spirit we can reach our workplaces, schools, city and community with the Good News, with signs following.
We are not our own, we have been bought with a price, the precious blood of our Saviour. We need to be moved with compassion. If we say we love Him, we will love what He loves:
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”.
As harvesters, we need to be actively connecting with the lost in these days. It is not the time for the church to be passively waiting for the lost to come to us. Jesus wants us to have His heart for the lost, just as His telling of the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son, persistence is necessary to find what had been lost.