Devotional Thought for Today
“A Call to Go”
He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
In yesterday’s devotional on Mark 16:9-14, I wrote about the disciples’ lack of faith and how we ourselves may have unbelief. While trusting in Jesus is a lifelong process, a simple way to exhibit our trust is to obey what Christ has called us, the church, to do.
Yet, what is it exactly that Christ has called the church to do? In contemporary Christianity, there are several ideas of the church’s role, a trend that Kevin DeYoung laments about in What is the Mission of the Church? DeYoung (2016) then argues that “the mission of the church is summarized in the Great Commission passages” (p. 26). and that “the church is sent into the world to witness to Jesus by proclaiming the gospel and making disciples of all nations” (p. 26). Indeed, we see Mark’s version of the Great Commission through Jesus’ command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” (v.15). Furthermore, Jesus promised His disciples that miraculous signs would accompany them (v.17)—something which was validated in Mark’s concluding statement (v.20) and the book of Acts.
For some of us, proclaiming the gospel can be extremely intimidating. In my own journey, God helped me to overcome my fear by taking the first step of evangelizing with a GCC staff member. The next step was attending OTR’s School of Evangelism, which led to us starting a weekly evangelism ministry. The lessons that we learned helped us to start an international student ministry; and this enabled me to gain experience in cross-cultural ministry, which I now utilize while serving in Jackson Heights, Queens. God simply took me, with no ministry experience, and led me one step at a time, displaying the truth that all of us start from scratch and all that is required is the next step of obedience.
So where is God calling you to “go” today? It may be to your offices, classrooms or somewhere overseas. Wherever God has led us, may we trust in Him and obey what He has called us to do.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your mercy in allowing me to hear the gospel and moving my heart to receive it. There are so many people in my city, country and the world who have yet to hear about You. Please help me to overcome my fear of man, and give me the strength to testify about who You are to the people You have placed in my path. Help me simply to be faithful and obey. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 2 John