When I was a child, my dad was a pastor in Granbury, Texas. He had been in the Navy and at times that training was passed on to my four siblings and me. We lived in the only house on the only street in Pecan Plantation that had lakefront property. The world was our playground! We had the lake in our front yard and the Brazos River behind us! There were no internet and no cellphones. What a great way to grow up!
Of course, there was work to be done too. Dad would tell my brother and me to mow the back “yard” which consisted mainly of weeds and stickers. If it wasn’t done by the time Dad got home, we knew he would not be pleased. Summer fun would have to wait. Mowing the yard was not optional.
There is a lot of talk these days about “mandates” from people. The world is entirely caught up and concerned about these mandates. A mandate is not optional, and many times it draws a line in the sand that separates the compliant from the noncompliant. It seems there is no neutral ground anymore due to the mandates of men. But what about the “mandates” of God?
What are some things that God has commanded that are not optional?! Shouldn’t we be more concerned about what The Creator of the universe has told us to do? Do we really believe that Jesus’ last instructions before He left the earth are mandatory?
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’” (Mark 16:15)
You are a blessed kid when Dad comes home and finds you mowing the weeds and the stickers! In the same way, you are a blessed child of God when Jesus returns and finds you being witnesses to Jesus in Granbury, Hood County, DFW and the world!
The Bible also says in Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
As we see the day of Jesus’ return approaching, we should be doing more, not less. God honors people of faith who find ways to do what He said to do even in a world that is contrary to God’s mandates! Be witnesses in whatever way you can! You have the power! He has given us power to be witnesses! He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7)
What are some of God’s mandates to you?
What is the “power” that Jesus spoke of in Acts 1:8?
How could Jesus’ few disciples “Go into ALL the world”?
What are some creative ways we can, “Go into all the world and be witnesses…”, in this current day?
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