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GO – A Call to Active Ministry

“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). I have thought about the tone of our Lord Jesus as He spoke these words to the disciples. The Great Commission have such a powerful ring to it. It is, after all, a command given by the King of kings. It is a call to action, to purposeful – even sacrificial – living. 

“Go!” The command calls for a departure from the present state of living; just as Abraham left Ur of the Chaldees for the land that God promised him; just as Moses left the secluded mountains of Midian for Egypt; just as Peter left his boats to follow our Lord Jesus. 

There is no greater goal and higher ambition for the Christian than to leave all he had for the sake of the Gospel. There is no more noble purpose than for a Christian to order his life so that the Good News of Jesus Christ may be preached to every person. 

The Apostle Paul, comparing the Christian life to an athletic competition, wrote, “Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible” (1 Corinthians 9:25). There are men and women who have devoted more energy and some even their lives for lesser things – for the corruptible crown. As God’s people, there can be no less effort and devotion given to the preaching of the Gospel and the work of saving of souls. “Go!” therefore is a call not to waste our lives on anything less than the high calling of God in Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel to every creature. 

GO – A Call to Present Ministry

The Apostle Paul said of David that “after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep” (Acts 13:36). David, despite his flaws and failures, was nevertheless unflinching in his service to his people. He was always going and on the go serving the people of God according to the will of God. David kept going until he could go no more. 

Our Lord Jesus was the epitome of this whole-hearted commitment. He told the disciples, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). 

Each generation must serve its own generation. We are not called to go back in time to undo what our fathers had done, or do what they had failed to do. Neither are we called by God to rush into the future to do what our children’s work. We cannot undo the past nor can we do that which is not yet. 

However, we are called to advance the purpose of God in this present generation; to “minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10); to be faithful stewards of God at this moment in history. To preach the Gospel to every creature so that after us, there will be another generation to preach the same Gospel. 

GO – A Call to a Sent-Forth Ministry

After our Lord Jesus chosen the twelve disciples, the Bible tells us that “these twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go…” (Matthew 10:5-6). Luke’s Gospel tells us that after our Lord Jesus had “appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place…” (Luke 10:1). In Acts 13, after the elders at Antioch had “laid their hands on Barnabas and Paul, they sent them away” (Acts 13:3). 

“Go!” implies direction. We live in a time of great change and upheaval. The foundations upon which the hopes of humanity rest are coming apart. The economic, social and moral climate is changing. 

What worries me is that the church seems ill-prepared for the reality that is befalling us. It seems that Christians are impotent to deal with the rising tide of humanistic thinking. Therefore, Christians must be trained, equipped, and be willing to go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 

What gives me hope is that “greater is He that is in [us], than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). The forces of the world cannot undo the work that God has wrought in the heart of a single man or woman. 

What drives me on is our victory in Christ is assured. Therefore, we must go and preach the Gospel because it is the preaching of the Gospel and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women that will best equipped a person to deal with the onslaught of the forces of evil. 

In September of this year, I will be fifty. I am not an old man, but neither am I young. The reality is that I am nearer to the grave than I am to the cradle. This reality, however, does not worry me; on the contrary, it acts as an impetus; it kindles a sense of urgency in my heart; it causes me to divest more and more of things in this life so that I may invest more and more of my time and energy and resources in the work of preaching the Gospel. 

Therefore, regardless of your age, let us go as the LORD leads, to do as He has commanded and to serve His purposes in our generation. 

Lovingly in Christ

Pastor Isaac

 

去!

一个对积极事奉的呼召

你们往普天下去,传福音给万民听。(马可福音16:15)。我曾经思想过我们的主耶稣在对的门徒说这些话时的语气。大使命是多么有权威,因它毕竟是万王之王给我们的命令。它是个行动的呼召,一个朝向有意义,甚至是牺牲生命的呼召。 

去!这个命令呼召我们脱离现今的生活,就好像亚伯拉罕离开迦勒底的吾珥到上帝所应许他的地一样,就比如摩西离开米甸的重山到埃及去一般,就如同彼得离开他的船而跟随我们的主耶稣一样。 

没有一个目标、志向比基督徒为了传福音而放弃他所有的一切还伟大、崇高。一个肯整顿自己的生命去向每个人传福音的基督徒,他的生命意义是最崇高的。使徒保罗在把基督徒生命与赛跑竞赛相比时写到,凡较力争胜的,诸事都有节制,他们不过是要得能坏的冠冕;我们却是要得不能坏的冠冕(哥林多前书9:25)。世上的男男女女女们为较不重要的事而投入了时间,甚至奉献了生命 他们所得到的不过是个能坏的冠冕。身为上帝的子民,传福音拯救灵魂是我们每个基督徒所应尽心尽力做的。所以,去!是一个叫我们不要浪费生命的呼召 要我们履行上帝在基督里从上面来的呼召,向万民广传福音。 

一个对现有事奉的呼召

保罗说大卫在世的时候,遵行了上帝的旨意,就睡了(使徒行传13:36)。大卫虽然有许多缺点和失败地方,可是他对他百姓的事奉却是不曾动摇的。他总是遵照上帝的旨意服事着的子民。他尽力前进,一直到不能再前进为止。 

我们的主耶稣是全心奉献的最高典范。告诉的门徒:趁著白日,我们必须做那差我来者的工;黑夜将到,就没有人能做工了(约翰福音9:4)。 

一代人有一代人的负担和所应服事的对象。上帝要我们做的工不是纠正我们父下的错误完成他们所不能完成的事。上帝不曾叫我们赶紧冲来,做属于我们子的事。我们不能改变过去,不能做属于未来的事。 

我们的使命完成上帝在我们这一代的旨意;人要照所得的恩赐服事,上帝百般恩赐的好管家(彼得前书4:10);在历史上的此刻做上帝的信实管家。我们要向万民传福音,这样我们的下一代继续这同样的福音。 

一个对差传事奉的呼召

我们的主耶稣拣选12 门徒之经告诉我们耶稣差这十二个人去,吩咐他们说:‘…’” 路加福音10:1)。路加福音告诉我们主耶稣设立七十个人,差他们个地在他前面,往自己所要到的各城地方去路加福音10:1)。在使徒行传13 章中安提阿长老按手在他们(巴拿巴和保罗)上,就打发他们去了。(使徒行传13:3)。 

去!着方向。我们身变迁和动代。人类希望的基正面临瓦解。经社会道德气候正在转变 

令我到担心的是,教会好像不曾对将来的事做好应对的准备。基督徒在面主义思似乎束手无策。所以,基督徒须要受培训装备自己,并愿意到世去向万民传福音。 

给我希望的是那在你们里面的,比那在世上的(约翰一书4:4)。世的力不能改变上帝在每个人心所做的工。 

动我前进的是我们在基督里肯的胜。所以,我们要去传福音,因为有福音的传灵对我们生命心志的更新才装备一个人,他得以应付邪恶力。 

年九月,我将是50 了。我不是人,但也年轻了。事上,摇坟墓之间,我更接近后者。 这个事实并不使我担心;相的,它为了一种推动力;引起心的激励世的许多事,把力和资源用在传福音的工上。 

所以,无论老幼我们跟随上帝的带领,做要我们做的事,对我们这一代的旨意。 

基督里你们的

家贤牧师

 
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