Bible Trek 2016 - Thy Kingdom Come

Throughout the gospels we see how the Lord Jesus preached the gospel, served people, saved the lost, preached the kingdom, taught the truth, died for our sins, and rose for our justification, all to bring God’s kingdom to earth. As his final word to his disciples before he ascended to the Father, Jesus gave them the great commission recorded in Matthew 28. Saying to them; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:16-20). In Luke 9 He gave the twelve power and authority and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God (vs.1-2). In Luke 10:1 and Matthew 9 we see that the Lord appointed seventy, and sent them out before his face, and told them that the harvest was ripe and they should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the field. In another instance the Lord told the disciples to “do business until I come” (Luke 19:8). The temptation to the serious follower of Christ is to immediately go off in our natural direction thinking they should become a missionary or go to a seminary, which may be the Lords leading, yet perhaps never waiting on the Lord to define his direction for them. Isaiah 40 tells us that we should wait on the Lord, and then we will mount up on wings like eagles. One thing is clear that we need to labor; on the Lord, on His word, and on people, and in that order. Laboring on the Lord means spending time in the Lord’s presence through prayer, calling on His name, confessing our sins, sighing, singing, etc. There the Lord supplies us with His abundant grace. His word, in His presence, speaks to us and directs our path as a lamp for our feet, and a light on our path (Psa.119:105). We need to read, pray-read, meditate, study, His word waiting and looking for direction. Then we need to labor on people by witnessing, visiting, making friends, listening, caring, shepherding, and perfecting them to love the Lord. This endeavor will cause us to find our field. As Paul the apostle said that the gospel to the uncircumcised had been committed to him, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (Gal.2:7-8), so we also should know our field; what the Lord commits to us. Then we should labor, with those the Lord directs us to, whether with children, relatives, colleges, neighbors, or gospel friends. As the apostle said that he labored more abundantly then all, yet not him but the grace of God which was with him (1Cor.15:10), and we should take his advice: to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain (vs. 58). At the end of the day we should all want to hear from the Lord; “Well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord.”