Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mark 1:14-18

14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

The gospel is and has always been an urgent call from God to all people to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved from the coming Judgment. For God has appointed a day when He will Judge the world in Righteousness by His Son (John 5:24-30), and He has given full assurance of this by raising His Son Jesus Christ from the dead (Acts 17:31). Therefore God requires our repentance towards Him and our faith in Jesus Christ to be saved by Him. That is what is required of every individual; to turn away from their sins and turn in faith to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Acts 20:21). For it is then that we are saved by the grace of God. Thus having been saved by the grace of God we must learn to become fishers of men. In our own way, and in our own style. We who believe must all learn to share the Good News of first God's love for all humanity exemplified by His Son Jesus Christ's death on the cross for us all (John 3:16). Then God’s grace given freely to all who believe in Jesus Christ's crucifixion death and resurrection from the dead to save them, and thus in faith call upon the Name of the Lord (Rom. 10:9-10, 13). For that is why the church exists; to not only bear witness to the truth, but also to build up the Body of Christ in faith and love, that we all might become not only better Christians as we strive to follow Christ, but better equipped to be witnesses of God’s grace given freely through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. For the Christian’s primary purpose for being in this world is that the gospel be lived out and proclaimed through our lives. Which is not only our involvement in the local church; it is us both individually and collectively going out into the world, so that by words and deeds the Lord Jesus Christ might be made known and people saved. What are your priorities? Is it taking the gospel where it is not heard? Highways and byways abound with both good and bad that haven’t yet been invited (Matt. 22:8-9; 20:6-7). Invitation or Isolation? What defines you as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? Bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ “outside the camp” (Heb. 13:11-13) is a commanded part of following Him.

Scripture Quotations
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

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