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September 5, 2017, 3:29 PM

September 6, 2017

“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.”  Matthew 28:19

                What does God want from us?  Many will begin to name off all the good works they feel necessary to somehow earn God’s approval.  Jesus gave us a Great Commandment and a Great Commission.  Jesus shared a two-part commandment that is vital to our spiritual growth.  First, we are to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength.  Second, we are to love our neighbor as we love ourself.  That’s a huge command.   Then Jesus says that we are to make disciples of all nations.  How well are we obeying what God has given us to do?  We live in a culture that magnifies our own desires.  Sin has caused us to be self-centered and self-seeking.  Only God can transform us from natural self-centeredness to His plan.

                If we carefully look around us we see people who are desperate for help.  It is easy to overlook them because our number one priority gets in the way.  As Christians, we have lost track of the reason for which God has called us.  A quote from Henry Blackaby says it best.  “We were not saved from our sin simply so that we would qualify for heaven.  God delivered us so we would have a relationship with Him through which He could carry out His mission to redeem a lost world.”  People are looking for someone to share truth with them.  As Christians, we know truth is a person.  His name is Jesus!  If people are without Jesus, they are constantly trying to fill the void with something.  We have the Good News but are we willing to share it intentionally with others?

                If we knew that our last day on earth were tomorrow, would we live differently today?  We may literally be living in the last of the last days.  There should be an urgency to share the Gospel message with as many people as possible.  Yet, even though the days are so uncertain, there still seems to be such an attitude of indifference among many Christians.  Why?  We’ve grown extremely comfortable living each day in obedience to ourselves rather than God.  As we go about this week, may we be excited to be a Christ-follower and be compelled to share the Gospel message with others.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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