- CALLED TO GO!
- FULFILLING GOD’S END TIME PLAN
CALLED TO GO!
You must not only walk in the light; you have been called, like John the Baptist, to bear witness of the light (John 1:7).
The Lord Jesus has “called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9). But in giving you the gift of salvation, He didn’t just call you to come out of darkness; He called you to GO out to those who still sit “in darkness” (Matt 4:16) – to tell them the Good News of salvation and “turn them from darkness to light” (Acts 26:18).
You have the light of the Gospel. You have the “light of life — eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (John 8:12; Rom 6:23).
Many do not.
Multitudes around the world remain in the shadow of death – eternal death, the “wages of sin” (Matt 4:16; Rom 6:23). They have not yet seen the light.
So it’s up to you.
Show them the light. Let the light of the Gospel that shines on you shine on them. Heed Christ’s command: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven ” (Matt 5:16).
For did He not say, in Matthew 5:14, “YOU are the light of the world”?
Jesus did NOT say you are the light of your church only or your town only, or even your nation only -He said THE WORLD.
It’s true: Jesus, “the true Light” (John 1:9), wants you and me to “shine as lights in the world” (Phil 2:15); He wants us to shine the light of the Gospel on ALL the world:
“I have set you as a light to the Gentiles [nations] that you should before salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47).
Jesus said “Go… and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt 28:19); He said “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15).
ONE CAN WIN THOUSANDS
Now of course you cannot go in to all the world yourself to preach the Gospel.
But you can, if you are a pastor, encourage the members of your church to preach to those outside your church. If there are members of your church who have ministry and leadership abilities, you can send them forth to plant new churches – and they can send forth others to plant even more churches.
You can, if you are an evangelist, go to the next town or village to preach the Gospel and win souls for Christ -and then train these new believers to go to a town or village farther away to win even more souls for Christ and send those new believers even farther away to win many more….
In this way, the ministry of just one church leader – YOU! – can win dozens, hundreds, even thousands to Christ….
In this way, the light of the Gospel that dawned in your heart can shine all the way to the ends of the earth….