What are You Doing for the Kingdom?
At the beginning of this school year, everything was confusing. There was fear and uncertainty everywhere. Nobody knew whether schools were going to be in person or online. If they were all online would they let students still be on campus? Nobody knew for a while.
Then, school started. They allowed students on campus and it seems -- from the outside looking in -- that it is just normal life to go to classes and wear your masks and such. Amidst all that was, and still is going on, we as Christians have to ask ourselves: What are we doing for the Kingdom?
This question is pretty heavy. I think during quarantine and uncertainty, we took our eyes off of our job that was commanded by Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, which says:
"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, until the very end of the age'" (NIV).
This is one of our most important commands that Christ has given us, because if we are not going out and making disciples, then the world will grow further and further away from God. Some of you may be thinking that the world is so much farther from God than it has been since Noah's time, and you may be right. However, thinking about it that way shows us one thing: We have failed as disciples of Christ.
Instead of going out and being disciples that make disciples, we do our own thing. We do what we want to do. We are a busy group of people. We fill our schedules so full that we do not have time to dive into God's Word and pray, let alone go tell people the Gospel of Christ.
That kind of makes things a little sad, but there is hope. As I'm reading through the book of Acts, I see Peter step up in the first couple of chapters and sharing the Gospel, after being given boldness from the Spirit. When he shares the Gospel, literally thousands of people come to know Christ. Not only are they coming to know Christ, but Peter and the apostles disciple them and teach them to go out and do the same exact thing that they are doing -- sharing the Gospel. Reading about the things that God did through Peter gets me fired up, but also shows me that I am not doing enough.
We all have to sit back and ask ourselves: What are we doing for the Kingdom? Not only do we need to ask that question, but we need to answer it honestly. Our sole purpose in life should be the advancement of the Gospel to make disciples. Basically, be disciples that make disciples.
Any person who has a relationship with Christ can go share the Gospel, because the Gospel is all you need. Just for reference, the Gospel is this: Because Adam and Eve sinned in the beginning, every single person is born into sin. We know from Romans 6:23 that "the wages of sin are death" (NIV). Because we are born into sin, we have to die. Because we are born into son, we should have to spend eternity separated from God.
However, because of God's unfathomable love, He gave us a way to Himself -- He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and die on the cross. He took the punishment of death that each and every one of us deserve. Because of this, when we repent from our ways and put our trust in Him, He (Jesus) connects the once broken relationship between us and the Father.
That is the Gospel. That is the good news. That is what and why we should be sharing it with others, because without the Gospel, there is no way to have a relationship with God; this means people without the Gospel have to suffer the full punishment of their consequences and be eternally separated from God in hell. That should encourage all of us to go out and share the Gospel with every person we see.
So, I will ask again: What are you doing for the Kingdom?