He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
What type of believer are you or want to be?
The sad news is, a lot of us today's Believers are more interested in what God can do for us instead of what we can do for God. We want to use God for our own purposes instead of availing ourselves to be used for His purposes. Instead of being "Kingdom minded" we are "Me minded"! "Kingdom minded" is knowing that you and I have been saved to serve and to be a witness for Christ. That should be our first and foremost priority regardless what our daily lives entails.
Our excitement and joy should not be when a prayer for a personal need is answered but rather we should be excited about receiving a personal assignment and the privilege of being used by God to reach out to others. Now don't get me wrong I am not saying we shouldn't be excited and be thankful for personal answered prayers and needs from God because those things He has promised to give us for as long us we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness anyway. This is the joy, confidence and enthusiasm that comes from doing the works of God because it is contagious. And because we know we are making a difference in the body of Christ. We wake up each morning with a beautiful and an enchanting smile because we are expecting God to work through us in a fresh way.
God invites us to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and most significant cause in history - building His kingdom. Nothing matters more and nothing will last as long. From the book of Revelation we know God’s global mission will be accomplished. That someday the Great Commission will be the great completion. The Bible says in Revelation 7:9, "After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." Becoming “Kingdom minded” believers will allow us to experience in advance a little of what heaven will be like.
1 Corinthians 14:20, "Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults." Children only think of themselves; grown ups think of others. The bible tells us in Philippians 2:4, "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" Of course, this is a difficult mental shift because we’re naturally self-absorbed; almost all advertising encourages us to think of ourselves. The only way we can make this mental switch is through a daily dependence on God.
Fortunately He doesn’t leave us to struggle on our own. Paul puts it beautifully in 1 Corinthians 2:12, "We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us." Let us all begin to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to think of the spiritual needs of unbelievers whenever we talk to them. With practice, we can develop the habit of praying silent short prayers for those we come in contact with. Our goal is to figure out where they are in their spiritual journey and to do whatever it takes to bring them a step closer to knowing Christ. We can learn how to do this by adopting the mindset of Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 10:33, "even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
Do you feel you don't have the skill and the determination to be a witness fro Christ?
Do you personally realise Jesus rose from the dead and lives for you today?
For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.-- Philippians 2:21
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."--Acts 1:18
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.---1 Corinthians 10:24
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