Andy Hollifield 3-24-17
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house. 16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Commission—-10 the act of committing or entrusting a person, group, etc…, with supervisory power or authority. 2) an authoritative order, charge, or direction. 3) authority granted for a particular action or function.
Are you living up to your commission? When you look at it in light of the scripture and definition, we realize that it is a task that we have to work at daily. The preaching part is done whether we apply ourselves to it or not. Your life will preach either a God of great power or a Sunday God. One that you only need on Sunday because you can handle everything the rest of the week. I have heard it said in instances of someone passing away; they have already preached their own funeral. That is very true and your message can never be undone in the hearts and minds of those that knew you. The other verse, number 16 is what we want to look at. It says to let your light so shine. If you look back at verse 15 it tells exactly how to do it. Let it shine as if it is on a candlestick for all to see. Put your life on display as if to say; I am what a real Christian looks like. You may think that is a little arrogant but that is exactly how the apostle Paul preached. In 1 Timothy 4:12 Paul told Timothy “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” He also went on in Philippians 3:17 and 2 Thessalonians 3:9 to tell the readers of those letters that they had him and those that were with him for an example of what a believer should be. When you look at it in that regard, we have an awesome responsibility to the world.
With that responsibility, God has given us more means to accomplish the distribution of the gospel to every creature than any generation previously. We now have a Vice-President in the White House that is obviously not ashamed of using his platform to spread the gospel to a nation much in need of it. That is great! But, it doesn’t excuse you and I. We have the same commission as Christians that Mr. Pence has. We are commanded by Christ to “let our light so shine.” We now have television in almost every home, (most with cable or satellite) radio (AM, FM, and satellite), the world wide web with email, snap chat, twitter, skype, cellular phones, not to mention the ability to send missionaries to every continent in the world. We can have the gospel around the world in mere seconds if we will.
You may be thinking “this is a really good post talking about how folks with big platforms should spread the gospel.” What about you? What about your platform? The guy you ride in a truck with and do service calls with all day, no one else has that plarform but you. Maybe you ride around the country as a team driver and spend more time with that other person than you do your own family? That is your platform. You could even look at it as your mission field because that is exactly what it is. Those customers you deal with on your job, where will they get the gospel if not from you? Whatever your job is, God has allowed you to be there and you have a commission to let your light shine to where it will give light to all that are in the house. That is, your commission. “Duty” is mentioned 8 times in the bible. The first three speak of duties concerning marriage. The next two speak of the priests duties as every day required. Solomon even said in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:13 that the “whole duty of man” is to fear God and keep his commandments. If the priests had to perform their duty to God every day in their position, shouldn’t we?
I have to admit, I have never seen the world in such turmoil and chaos as now. In the eighties and early nineties there was a lot of turmoil around the globe to which our country responded to. But now, the turmoil is in our own streets and put on display every evening on the news as good and acceptable behavior. I don’t need to tell you that because you see the same stuff that I do. Time would fail me to talk about the evils brought on our country by abortion, alcohol, abuse of children and spouses, the homo-sexual movement, much less the drug epidemic that is sweeping our country and the blatant rejection of all things pertaining to God. It truly is a dark time. But the darker it is, the brighter our light should shine. Just as Mordecai told Esther in 4:14, “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” God has us here, in this time, with our platform, for such a time as this. You have a special place in God’s plan of getting the gospel to every creature. Your life does have a purpose. You are where you are to stand in the gap and make up the hedge for someone on their way to hell. God didn’t put someone else in that place and in that role, he put you there.
Always remember, it is darkest right before the dawn. You may be in a dark situation in your life that you don’t know how to handle. I have good news for you; you don’t have to. God will handle it far better than you ever could and will work it to your benefit. Trust him with your situation. Don’t just trust him to calm your storm, trust him to keep you through it. His hand won’t lead you to what his grace won’t get you through. There is nothing his grace can’t do. If you are a born again believer, you have to trust that God is working his plan in your life. If you have never accepted him as your Savior by repenting of your sins and asking him to forgive you, you are on borrowed time. If you die without salvation, you will live eternally in hell without it seperated forever from God and his grace. If you are reading this article, God is extending his offer of grace one more time. Repeating a few words won’t save you, but if God speaks to your heart and tells you that you are in need of salvation, he is ready to save you and all you have to do is ask. I hope this will encourage all that read this to know that you are a part of God’s plan. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 3-24-17