Matthew 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Take time to read our Text for Today two or three more times. Look at it closely. Please show me where it says we are to convince people to believe just like we do. It is far simpler than that. Let’s take a closer look. There is an order of procedure here. First, “Go.” Jesus did NOT say, “stay home, quarantine, and avoid contact with people. He said, “Go.” Think of this. When Jesus entered into Peter’s house in Capernaum, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick, having a fever. What did Jesus do. He did not stay outside, isolate Himself, or call for the isolation of Peter’s mother-in-law. He entered into the room where she laid, touched her hand, and raised her up, healed and whole.
As I have studied the Word of God, I wonder if we are even close to being obedient to the Lord’s directives as it relates to us as His church. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. Each of needs to know where our faith is in the Lord. How developed is your faith? Are you grown, mature enough, and strong enough in your faith to boldly step out in complete obedience to the Lord? We all should be, but it will surely require leadership from those who are. Sadly, what we have seen in the church, worldwide, is almost a complete surrender to the advice, counsel, direction, and orders from the medical communities and government to isolate ourselves, stay home, don’t gather, and avoid contact with anyone who appears to have any symptoms of whatever is floating in the air about us.
Once again, I am in no way suggesting that mature believers misguide or mislead those who follow them into being foolish about the issues we face daily in this season. What I AM saying is that the church needs to be the church. We need to believe what the Word of God says, obey what the Word of God says, and go forth in faith and boldness carrying out what the Word of God says. We must not operate in foolishness or presumption, but we MUST operate in faith, for without faith it is impossible to please God. we are living in the last days. This is a time when you shall be hated for the sake of the Name of the Lord. There are those who would like to see you completely defeated, even dead. But short of killing you, they will do all they can to prevent you from obeying God’s Word. The church must not allow this to be the lifestyle we lead. Our lifestyle as children of God should be lives of obedience to the Word of God.
Manna for Today – Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 3:16-17; 1 Samuel 15:22; 1 John 5:3; John 14:12-17