The Bible states (Acts 13:47 and Isaiah 49:6) that true disciples are to be light to those who do not know Jesus. It states, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” We – you and I – are to have our passports ready and let the Lord know that we are ready to go anywhere and everywhere He asks us to go – even to the ends of the earth – to share the Gospel of the Kingdom with people. Of course, if you are not doing it where you live, work and play it is not likely that you will be doing it anywhere else. This would be mean that you would default on the greatest adventure on the face of the planet as well as be dwelling in outright disobedience and thus in some trouble with the Lord.
Saw a brief video today of young men trained to share the Gospel of the Kingdom in India and countries surrounding that great nation … sent to preach to billions. It commented that when these young men leave to go and share the Gospel – having picked a village to bring the Gospel to (a village can have tens of thousands of people) – this is how they are challenged: “Each one is challenged to dig his own grave outside the village he is called to reach and be ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of the Gospel.” In other words, die for the Gospel of the Kingdom.
This is biblical, of course. Not just because there have been martyrs throughout the history of the Church but because Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:8 “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be My witnesses…” The word for “witnesses” there in the Greek is “martyrs.” Jesus is saying that when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and receive the power of the Spirit and the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) we need to be willing to die for the cause – His cause. That, as we “go into all the world and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19) it may cost us our life and we must give it willingly.
Makes somewhat of a mockery out of what passes for Christianity in most churches where it is all about comfort, safety and security. When we claim all of the promises of God and assume none of the responsibilities. Where it is all about “me” and not about Him and His cause to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). And then we cry out for a visitation, for His glory to be seen, for power, for miracles, signs and wonders. Then we ask Him, each other, and our leaders why there is no “life” in the church and why services are so dry and our spiritual lives seem to be on hold.
The Bible states that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32) and until we do just that we will continue to “hold to an outward form of our religion…” and never know or experience the power that is truly ready to be experienced.