“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)
Jesus Christ saved us by dying for us on the cross and that is the gospel truth. He died so that we could have eternal life with God in heaven after we die. Yet it was not just for after we die, but for today, so that we could have a relationship with God here on earth and so that we could break free from the shackles of sin as well as be cleared of the wages of sin which is death. It is this message of the truth which we have believed, and which has transformed our lives from the inside out.
This wonderful truth is not to be kept a secret. It’s to go beyond ourselves and the good thoughts in our minds and the fuzzy feeling in our hearts. It is to stretch and go far to the ends of the earth and as Christians it's our duty to stretch the truth to our communities and beyond. This year in 2022 challenge yourself to engage in the great commission Christ gave to the church. The world is longing for the revelation, and it is each and everyone of us’ duty to contribute to the spread of the gospel. We need to stretch the truth into the school’s gates, our offices, to our friends and our family. Today reflect on the barriers in you stretching the gospel truth far and wide. In Romans 10, the Bible says, ‘how will they believe if they have not heard?’ We must be intentional this year to share this truth. The world is perishing, and we have the solution. We need to pray to have a desire to see God’s church grow so that lives can be transformed. This is the heart of our Father, and we should pray to have a heart for that too.
This is the year of growth and expansion for Alive City Church. Let’s stretch ourselves to invite at least 5 people to church this year so that they too can see that the seeds of truth you sow can grow and bear fruit. This is how we grow God’s kingdom, by sharing the truth and stretching it beyond ourselves. If each of us personalises this mission, God’s church will surely grow.
Further Study: John 14:5-14, Matthew 28:16-20, 2 Corinthians 4:1-4, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 10:13-15