Thursday, July 26, 2012

Carrying on Jesus' Work

Team Chemistry: Part 1

When I was playing basketball for Nebraska Christian College we had a goal of winning championships: the conference and national championship. We also had goals for each game that we wanted to achieve. 

 These goals: such as shooting percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds, turnovers; reminded us of what needed to be done game in and game out in order to be successful. Coach Lahm told us if we did these things winning would take care of itself. 

Success, in any area of life begins with goals, and that is true with the Church as well. We need to know why we exist and what we hope to accomplish. The main goal we have, given to us by Jesus, is making disciples of all nations.

The Kingdom of God is bigger than a single nation, a single ethnic group, a single denomination, or a single church family. The Kingdom of God is to each into all the earth and touch all people. We have been called to bring God’s love to the nations. There is one more fundamental goal we need to keep in mind as we try to achieve the goal of making disciples of all nations.

 God has placed us in the world, in this community, to reach out to a hurt and dying world. We are to carry on the work Jesus began.  How can we do this?

 When John the Baptizer was in prison he sent two of his disciples to Jesus to question him if he was the messiah they had been waiting for. Jesus responded; "Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor" (Luke 7:22; NLT).

 Jesus told John’s disciples that he is the Messiah because he was doing what the Messiah was expected to do: help the helpless. Not only did Jesus come to help our spiritual needs, but also to help our physical ones.

 What does that mean for us who follow Jesus today? It means if we are going to carry on the work of Jesus, be His servants and ambassadors in this world we have to be concerned about people. We need to be concerned with people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. We need to care about people in our Church families as well as people in the world.

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