Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Do you go to a gymnasium for the Super Bowl, or the Rose Bowl? Of course not. No gymnasium is large enough. As ridiculous as that question may seem, why do we go to church expecting to see what should be happening in the world? Just a thought. Yet it seems, as least from my personal observances in the past few years, that the church has adopted that very mindset; we go to church expecting to see what the Lord said would happen in the world. Could it be that we’re missing the point?
Allow me to offer some thoughts for your consideration.
· When Jesus was speaking to the crowds, it is often recorded that He preached to them. Yet when He was speaking to His disciples, His team, He taught them.
· Jesus healed everywhere He traveled, as long as there was faith to receive; but the vast majority of His healings took place OUTSIDE houses of worship.
· Jesus would cast out devils anywhere He encountered them, but that work took place predominately OUTSIDE houses of worship.
· Throughout the Scriptures, the mightiest (not all), but the mightiest manifestations of God’s power took place outside, often far removed, from houses of worship.
When you consider our Text for Today in the light of the more complete passage (Mark 16:15-20), where did Jesus send the disciples? The world. Where would they find the most people who needed to be saved and baptized? The world. Where would signs and wonders follow them, predominately? The world. Where would they most frequently cast out devils? The world. Where would they primarily speak with tongues for the first time? The world. Where would they most frequently need manifest power over various elements in the world that would try to kill them? The world. Where would they most frequently lay hands on the sick? The world. Do you see a pattern here? And yet in the Christian experience of the modern era church, we see little of this in the world. The majority of such manifestations of God’s power and presence are seen within the walls of houses of worship.
Should we see such things in the house of worship? Yes; when they are needed. But Jesus sent us into the world where such manifestations are ALWAYS needed. It is God’s will that the believer live in health. Believers cannot be demon possessed. The house of worship should be on of the safest places a believer can attend. Speaking in tongues in the house of worship should be a regular occurrence. The house of worship should be that; a house of worship; a place of training.
Manna for Today – Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:12-14; Mark 11:22-24; John 17:18; John 20:21; 3 John 2