By Joseph Hayes
Our lives should be all about God’s Kingdom.
So much in fact, that we are told our daily assignment from God is to go throughout the world and preach the Gospel.
That should be our main motivation. But it is up to us if we will take God with us boldly wherever we go so others can also have a chance to witness His Love, themselves.
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Ultimately we are told to preach the truth of God’s Word and share the Love of Jesus Christ all of the way to the ends of the earth.
But when is the last time you shared your faith in God with someone in this fallen world? When is the last time you led someone to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?
There have been all sorts of hurdles the devil has thrown in the way. Fear, hate, persecution.
Last year we even watched members of our government attempt to stop people from attending Church.
At other moments, people were told to remain inside their homes in fear, while Church was deemed non essential, even at a time abortion clinics remained open.
The Word of God tells us are not to fear evil. Meanwhile the world is constantly saying the opposite thing and will even persecute a person if they don’t agree to follow along.
So it begs an obvious question: Are you willing to face persecution in order to further the mission of the Kingdom of God and preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth?
Are you willing to watch as your character and credibility are called into question, just so you can be obedient to God and remain in His Will?
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As the world continues on a downward path that will only lead people further away from the Kingdom of God, we are all faced with these important questions.
Because a clear distinction and separation is in the midst of taking place.
Christian teachings and Godly character go against the trajectory the world is on. And as more people become enticed to go against God, pressure will build for everyone else to follow suit.
Where will that leave you?
Will you join in on so-called cancel culture, which goes directly against God’s precepts regarding repentance and forgiveness?
Will you be drawn into what people say about you, caring about their opinion even moreso than what God says about you?
Will you ultimately decide to stand with the Kingdom of God? Or will you fall into the deceptive ideals of the kingdom of satan, which has always attempted to trap people in bondage through fear, pressure and uncertainty.
Jesus set a standard of toughness, humility and character for us all to follow.
You couldn’t intimidate Jesus. He walked right to the people He knew would unjustly arrest Him; unafraid, while remaining full of humility.
He didn’t live His life according to what would make Him acceptable or popular. He always told the truth. Even if that meant facing rejection.
Jesus showcased God’s Love, character and justice and did His absolute best to accomplish His God given assignment; even when that meant sacrificing His life for everyone else.
Now here we are, many of us facing pressure or persecution all because we hope to keep God’s commandments.
If there was one main theme we should have all learned from the year 2020, hopefully it was learning to listen and take heed to the Holy Spirit.
Even when we don’t totally understand or God has a totally different direction for us to take than everyone else, we should still obey His Word and follow after Him.
And in the long run, we should make the ultimate decision that God’s opinion of us is far more important and worthwhile than the opinions of people.
The first Church rejoiced when they were persecuted because of their stand for God.
What will we say when we look back upon our lives? Will we feel honored to have faced persecution on account of the Lord? Or will we run away in fear, dreading what someone else might say or attempt to do to us?
Now is the perfect moment in history to find rest and security within God. Let His Will, not our own, be done.
I pray that you use this moment today to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and begin a new trajectory in life. You will never be disappointed after aligning your life with Jesus Christ.
To receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or if you would like to rededicate your life to Jesus today, you can begin right now by believing in your heart and saying out loud:
“Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus’ name. Please forgive me for my sins. I believe your Son Jesus was sent to the earth to die for me on the cross and He rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, please take my life and use it for your glory. I choose to extend forgiveness to anyone who has sinned against me.”
Welcome to God’s family! Your spirit is born again! Choose to spend time learning more about Jesus in the Bible. You can study Him in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Seek God on what local church you should attend to learn more about Him and choose to put your faith on display by being baptized. As you continue learning about God, be His ambassador and continue sharing what you have learned with everyone. Where you go, the Lord goes. So choose to represent Him today.