Summary: Running a rescue shop at the front gates of hell
Matthew 28:18-19, "18Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.""
37Jesus replied, " `You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’
20"I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. 21My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father--that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.
22"I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are-- 23I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one. Then the world will know that you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.
You know its really time that we as Christians got out of our comfort zones and praise the Lord for His goodness. Its time that we go outside of the confines of ourselves. Instead of saying we have changed its time that we instead as believers demonstrated that change. A Pastor friend of mine says this all the time, "I want to run a rescue shop near the front gates of hell." I think that if we realized the punishments of hell more instead of being all about the grace and love of God that we are as Edwards points out hanging like a spider from a thin thread, then perhaps instead of boasting we would instead serve and bow down as our Lord did with the disciples by washing the feet of those who would ultimately turn their backs upon them.
Its time to stop being so focused upon ourselves and start being focused on God’s Word and upon preaching its Truth, because if we believe that the Word of God is living and active them we will in turn preach the living Word of God to those who are perishing and ill, and sick. If the Word of God is to liberate and save then those who believe in that very same Word that is able to save them must in turn give of themselves so that others may in turn be saved and go out and the process may continue.
The Christian life is all about reproducing its not about sitting around comfortable like and sitting on our fannies and telling others what to do. No, the Christian life is about activity being involved and active in God’s plans and purposes. If we so much as want to see others saved, then we must be involved in the activity of that very same salvation that we claim to uphold and cherish so much.
The biggest failure of the Church is the Great Commission but not so much the Great Commission but the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:38-39), and the Ultimate Purpose of Christ in (John 17:20-23). Many would like to say that the body of Christ is a building and confined within the confines of an understanding of a building yet no where in the New Testament or in Jesus words is this recorded, no in fact the Book of Acts makes mention of meeting in homes, but even that the preaching of the Lost was done on the Streets of the Cities! If we really want to win our cities for Christ we will run a Rescue shop at the front gates of hell, or our cities streets for that matter.