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John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that who so ever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.

The most famous, most quoted scripture ever written. But what are the implications, what does it mean. It means that God looked down from heaven. He saw a lost and dying world. A world full of hate, murder, deceit. A world of liars, child molesters, rapist, abusers, thieves. A depraved world shaking their fist at God. But God loved us in spite of who we are. He exhibited this love by sending His only begotten Son to die a horrendous death on the cross. His Son loved us so much, that He knowingly went to that same cross. suffering unbearable pain and anguish, beyond description, to redeem us back to the Father.

On the cross, Jesus uttered the words ďit is finished!Ē he had accomplished what had been set before him. He had paid a price that we could not pay. He had bridged the gap between us, and the Father.

John 3:17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become as the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

After the cross, after 3 days, Jesus rose from the dead. He walked amongst the disciples for 40 days, showing himself to over 500 people. It was at this time that Jesus gave instruction to the disciples.

Matt 28:19,20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things what so ever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter most parts of the earth.

Jesus did his part on the cross, then he gave us our part, which is to go tell the world. Its called the great commission. Itís the last will and testament of our Lord and Savior. Jesus died for the salvation of the world. For all the world.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The instructions are very clear, as is the purpose of God. God came to save man. We are his messengers, his hands and feet. Our purpose must be his purpose. He did not call us to sing and shout and jump about. Our purpose is not to simply attend church and study the bible. Men tell me that our main purpose is to worship God.

Matt 15:8 These people draw near to me with their mouths, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

John 4:24 God is a spirit, and those that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.

We show our love to God by obeying him. What does it look like when we worship God and yet fail to obey his most basic command.

 1Jo 2:3 ∂ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Can you imagine, a fire crew, polishing their engine, admiring the fire chief, singing songs of praise to the chief, when the bell goes off. A fire is burning, lives are in danger, the chief tells the crew to grab their gear and climb on the truck. Instead of obeying, you hear them praising the chief, talking about how much they admire him. Lives are in danger, yet the crew refuses to do their job. They continue to polish the equipment and sing songs of praise. Does it sound silly? Can you imagine, millions of Christians, worshipping God every week at church, performing their churchly duties, ignoring the great commission while hundreds of thousands of people slide into hell every day. As silly as the first scenario sounded, the second scenario is frighteningly real. Statistics say that only 2% of todayís professing Christians actively share their faith. I can only think of two reasons how this could be. One is that hell is not real in the minds of our professing believers. They have not come to Christ, repenting of their sins, fleeing from the wrath to come. Hell is not real for them, hence, I would question if their salvation is real. The second reason would be that they simply do not care about the fate of those that are sliding into hell. Again, it would make me want to question their salvation. If Jesus is really in their hearts, then how can they have so little concern for those lost souls that are around them.

What is a Christian? Are we not suppose to be Christ like? Imitators of Christ? How can we claim to be his disciples and ignore the one thing that is most important to him? Look at the life of Christ. In what ways are we copying Christ? Are we preaching repentance? Do we have signs following as we preach the gospel? Are you even attempting to preach the gospel? To share your faith?  Forget what the rest of the church is doing. Donít look at the church, look at the bible. Follow Jesus, follow the early church.
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Bless me, make me laugh, make me feel good. Tell me how Godís desire is to make me wealthy. What has the church become? What is the purpose of the church? Has the church lost the light? Is there no more flavor in the salt? Have we become the Laodiceans that Christ reprimanded in Revelation 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Rev 3:19 as many I Love I rebuke and  chasten, be zealous therefore and repent.

20. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If any man would hear and open the door, I will come into him, and sup with him, and he with me.

This is not a salvation message as so many preach it. It is a message to the church. They have left Jesus standing at the door. How about you? Is Jesus Lord of your life? Are you walking in obedience, following his commands? Have you laid down your life and taken up the cross? Are you a servant of Christ?

Lets face it, none of us have arrived. None of us are perfect. It would seem that no matter how much we do, we could always do more. Ask yourself this, how many times a day do you share Jesus with strangers? Are you conscious of the lost souls around you? What is your main priority in life? If you stood before Jesus this very day, and had to give an account of your time and activities, would Jesus look you in the eye, smile and tell you, enter in my good and faithful servant?

Are you capable of giving yourself an honest evaluation?

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Obviously, the evidence of out faith would be in the amount of fruit we are baring. Not in the results of our witnessing, but in the effort of witnessing. Jesus did not lay the burden of salvation upon us, only the command to preach the gospel. As Paul says, one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. James says 2:26 as the body with out the spirit is dead, so then faith without works is dead also.

I pray the God would give you a new burden for the lost, and a burden for those that are lost within the church. For all those who faithfully go about doing the labors that make the church system work, while ignoring the real function of the church, that of evangelizing the lost. Jesus, you said that we should pray for the lord of the Harvest, that He would send forth laborers, because the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Lord, make us laborers. Use us for your glory. In Jesus name, amen

 
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