To “go,” take steps. To “speak,” open your mouth. To “see,” do the first two.
Text for Today – Mark 16:15-20 – . . . Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature . . . and they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.
After you Stop, Look, & Listen, it is time to take the next steps, and Go, Speak, & See. The simple fact is, you can’t get the message OUT by staying IN. We must take action. As some of the old-timers of Pentecost would say, “It’s time to put legs on your prayers.” That is truly a Biblical statement. James writes that “faith without works, or corresponding actions, is dead.” The church prays for the lost to be found, for the unbeliever to become a believer, for the sinner to become a Christian, and yet many of them seem content with an evangelism outreach philosophy that says, “Here we are, the light of the world. Let them come to us and get saved.” Still others spend exorbitant amounts of money on advertising. Interestingly, even the world knows the best advertising, especially for a local business is a satisfied customer. And honestly, each church is just that, a local business.
Jesus said we must go into all the world. The Greek word for “world” was not referring to a geographical location on the planet, but into every facet of human life, every arena in which mankind invests himself; church, community, state, nation, business, school, sports, society, and the like. Here’s a thought. Could the condition of the church today, at least in part, be a result of bringing the world into the church instead of taking the church into the world? Once again, Jesus said, “Go.”
More than “go,” He said we are to “preach the Gospel to every creature.” That pretty well covers our range, leaving nothing to which we should not preach. There’s the “speak” command. Always remember that the “righteousness which is of faith speaketh.” So, when you go, remember to “Speak.”
Now here’s some great news. The Word states that when they went and preached everywhere, the Lord worked with and confirmed His Word with signs following. There’s the “Seeing” element. I am so glad I did not write this passage in Mark 16. Mark wrote it, but it was Holy Ghost Who inspired it. That means God will “hasten to perform it.” God will not allow His Word to fail. He will fulfill it. He will bring it to pass. He will do what He says He will do, and that without fail. When our heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and by Holy Spirit, works with and confirms His Word with signs following, that is when we “See.” And here’s one more thought. What are you seeing? A close look will show you it’s what you’re speaking where you’re going.
Manna for Today – Mark 16:15-20; Mark 11:22-24; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 1:12; 1 Corinthians 4:13; Romans 4:17