For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
Jesus didn’t preach much about going to Heaven. He preached about Heaven coming to Earth. He said that was God’s will. If God has been running everything on Earth, why aren’t we living Heaven on Earth? If He’s in control, He’s got everything in a mess!
The average church person would say that God is in control of everything, but He’s not in control. Human beings are in control and are the ones who have made the mess. Now, believers have the responsibility to bring Heaven to Earth and we do that by doing what Jesus told us to do: preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations.
The gospel is the Good News and it is for all people. It is the only thing that will transform a person’s life by restoring them to God and bringing them out of darkness into His marvelous light. Before He ascended, Jesus told us to go to the uttermost parts of the Earth and preach the gospel. This was how we were going to bring Heaven to Earth. Can Jesus go by Himself? No. He put His Spirit in His Church and commanded us to go.
Dear God, thank you for the Great Commission to preach Your Good News of the gospel to all people and make disciples of all nations. I ask You to anoint me with boldness and faithfulness to do my part in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in my everyday life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This devotional is excerpted from Bill Winston’s classic book, The Law of Confession. To order this 240-page, faith-building book, click here.