It’s Time… To URGENTLY share the Good News of Jesus Christ
Urgency. What creates a sense of urgency in your life?
The commute from my home to the EMMC office is just over an hour. It’s happened a few times where I have had couple cups of coffee preceding a long drive home, interrupted by a long train crossing. Urgency?
“This is the captain speaking. We’ve lost an engine; we are currently over the ocean and looking for land …” Urgency?
Being overcome by the thought of a friend or family member who does not KNOW Jesus, realizing they are lost. Urgency?
Each of these situations presents an imminent problem that needs a solution. The first two affect me directly. If the solution is not found, it’s not going to end well. But the last example – that one is not going to end well for the individual. Do we care? Do we understand LOST?
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus Christ did not go to the cross just so we could have happy homes and a holy huddle. He didn’t die and bear the sins of the world just so that our life would be satisfying. He didn’t suffer and shed His blood, entering into death’s clutches so that we could eat, drink, and be merry and fulfill our dreams.
Look around you. Is your town or neighborhood morally stronger than it was 10 years ago? Do you believe you can make a difference? Are you willing to get messy? The enemy is real. The hour couldn’t be more urgent, and you are an important part of the solution.
Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 19:10- “for the Son of Man came to seek and save the LOST.”
There’s that word again … LOST.
Recently I saw an interview of a pastor in California. He was asked why he continued to preach and teach as he had done for the past 30 years. “Love” he said. “During the next 365 days, 136,000 will die in California, and 2.4 million will die in the USA, most without Christ. Can we live with that? I can’t bear the thought of them going to an eternity apart from God. Love compels me to share Jesus.”
It reminded me again of the startling stat I have shared on these pages and with any who will listen; the rise of the NONES. In North America, 39% of those under age 30 do not believe that God even exists. This is the world my kids are inheriting. Spiritually void, biblically illiterate; obsessed with self. How often have we caught ourselves thinking or saying “this world is upside down!” That which used to be wrong is now not only right, but celebrated. It’s confusing and sad. So LOST …
Ryan Rempel of Give of The Words shares a story. He saw a lady sitting on a bench in front of an apartment building. He felt God nudge him to give her some money. He only had $10 in his wallet. He walked up to her, and said he wanted to give her the money. She initially refused. Ryan agreed that it was strange, but he was responding to what God had told him to do. Then he said “I’d like to pray for you.” At that moment, she broke down and began to cry, saying she had cancer. Ryan prayed for her. She gave him a big hug and went into the apartment building. As he drove away, prayed, “God, this can’t be the end of the story.”
He went home, grabbed a Bible, wrote a note in it with his testimony and went back to the bench, but she was gone. He waited for an hour, hoping she’d walk out of the building. He left, and came back again the next day, and waited outside the apartment. Still no one. He left and headed to the grocery store. While waiting at the checkout, he saw her in the lineup ahead of him! He went to her, said he had a Bible for her. She accepted it gratefully.
Days later she got in touch with him. After having read his testimony and reading the Bible, she accepted Christ! Ryan helped her find a church that would love on her, and accept her. She passed away a year later. FOUND! Maureen is with Jesus, no more pain, no more suffering.
For this past year, we, the EMMC have been asking you to join us on a journey. It a journey of discipleship, and ultimately, surrender. Through it, we have been expressing a sense of urgency.
To KNOW God and make him known.
Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18. As we dig into God’s Word, pray, fellowship with others, and listen to the Holy Spirit, God does His transforming work within us and that causes us to make Him known. We make Him known, by making ourselves known. We can’t keep it to ourselves, and that requires sacrifice and surrender.
To PRAY diligently, tapping into the power of God.
Colossians 4:4-6 “Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Under our own power, we have many limitations, but with God, all things are possible. Never under estimate the power of prayer, and the opportunities that come!
To intimately WORSHIP God openly.
Romans 12:1. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” Paul’s words here compel us to be worshippers 24/7. Is Jesus my first love? As God works in our lives, as He develops a heart of worship within us, that heart-change works become the more public expressions of worship and daily acts of love. It overflows!
To boldly LOVE others as Christ loved us.
Matthew 22:36-40. As we get to know the heart of God, as we pray, as we truly worship, our love for God and others can overflow. We have been called to love God and love others. A sacrificial love as Christ loved us, not as the world would have us love. Giving without expectation of anything in return. We must become less, as He becomes more in our lives. Surrendered.
To urgently SHARE the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20 gives us all the call, the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. All have been called.
This leads to…
HERE I AM SEND ME. Isaiah 6:8.
“Whom shall I send, who will go for us? …Here I am Lord, send me.”
Will you join us in this mission, to be an everyday missionary? It starts with me and it starts with you. It’s not a church program. It’s a lifestyle, birthed from the new identity God gives us in Christ Jesus. Don’t wait for your church to tell you to “go and make disciples”; JESUS ALREADY DID!
Share your story, of how He has been redeeming you and transforming you, how He’s been breaking down idols in your life, how your love for Him can’t help but spill over to those around you.
May your love for Him, for His grace and His mercy, overflow in love and compassion for ALL, as we surrender ourselves to be the hands and feet of those who bring GOOD NEWS, to our friends, family, co-workers, community, country and this world.
Saying YES LORD!! HERE I AM SEND ME!
~ Lyn Dyck
EMMC Executive Director