Yesterday, I shared a concern about where we are heading. Many of you shared it and the question was raised, “but what can we do?”
Let me preface this by saying, I do believe-
- This pandemic is serious and confusing. Some people are dying, while others only get the sniffles, if that, when infected.
- Our nation, and world, are increasingly evil.
- Some, including some in office, are using this disease to divide and control others. Our freedoms have never been more threatened.
- 1, 2, and 3 above, can be, and are, simultaneously true.
So what do we, as believers, do?
Just before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he told us what we are to do and keep doing.
He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20)
This is the Great Commission (not the great suggestion as someone once said).
We are to go and share the gospel so others will love and follow Christ.
And note this, the salvation of others is just the beginning!
We are TEACH them to observe ALL that Jesus has commanded us, and remind, and encourage each other, that Jesus will be with us ALWAYS and to the end of the age.
We are to study the Word diligently, so we can live the Word and be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in us (1 Pet 3:15). We do this with gentleness and respect so others will want to come to know our Savior.
And then, when others come to know Him, we are teach them all that Christ has commanded in His Word in order that they may live it out as well.
This is what our Lord has commanded us to do.
And this is important— His commandments (all of them) supersede any laws of men. When the two are in conflict, we are to obey the laws of God over the laws of men. (Acts 5:29).
What will this life require of us? How might our faith be tested by unjust leaders, ungodly laws, trials and persecution evolving from the truths I enumerated above?
I don’t know.
But I do know this, we need to be prepared. We need to pray, and gather, and encourage one another.
We need to hear from our Savior daily through His Word. We need to study it carefully and teach it to others.
We need to be reminded of truth so we can refute the lies of the evil one. We are to be light in this dark world and the way to do this is found in the pages of Scripture you can, as of now, still freely purchase, read, and teach in this country.
Oh friend, let’s study it together! Join me tomorrow as I’ll share as I begin to study another of my favorite letters from the suffering, yet, oh so peaceful and content, wonderfully-wise, Apostle Paul.
Invite your friends. You can follow along here on this page and/or sign up to receive daily emails from my blog at kimjaggers.com. As always, I covet your prayers.
And remember, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”. (Rom 15:4)