by Ron Leonard, Missions Pastor
Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up. His response? "Here am I, send me!"
Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, and John, and they left their fishing nets and followed Him.
Jesus spoke to Saul on the road to Damascus, and then Saul (later Paul) faithfully proclaimed the Good News of Jesus to the world.
Have you had an encounter with the living Christ? Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If so, then you are to go and make disciples of all nations.
This month, we are reminded of the coming of Jesus to earth as a baby born in Bethlehem. We rejoice and celebrate the birth of the Son of God. Is there anything as precious as a newborn baby? Is it any wonder that God sent His Son to the earth as a baby? Life came into the world and everlasting life comes through the Son. How marvelous it is that God gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him has eternal life!
We read of the angels who proclaimed glory to God, the shepherds who came to find the babe and spread the word, and even wise men who would come to worship the King. There are so many reminders around us in the Christmas season; let's not be so consumed with preparations for the season that we forget to prepare our hearts to forever worship the King.
Sadly, many fail to ever see Jesus beyond Bethlehem, but Jesus came with a purpose beyond the manger. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, rose victorious over sin and death, and left instructions for all who would follow Him... to go! To go make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching obedience to His commands. And His promise is to be with you always, even to the end of the age.
He came, and we go.
We pray consistently for God to call workers to be sent into the fields of harvest to reach the lost. We give joyfully through offerings to spread the Gospel around the world. We go faithfully wherever He leads, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
May the angels' words resound in our hearts and may we spread the word just as the shepherds did so long ago, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"