Arise, shine, for your light has come; and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:1-3
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to WAKE UP from your slumber, because our Salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11
Yet I hold this against you. You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:4-5
Shake off the insidious infectious spiritual diseases of apathy, complacency and “lukewarmness” and wake up to the reality of God’s love and let a passion for His Everlasting Love and purity be your zeal.
Return to your first love. Matthew 6:33.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Romans 10:14 says “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” We have to go to the remotest part of the earth. But we also have to remember Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
Our Jerusalem is those closest to us, our family. Our Judea is our city or town that we live in, the people you work with, go to school with, and encounter in the marketplace. And our Samaria is made up of the cities, towns or states close to us… We are not called to minister only to one area. We are called to minister everywhere we go, from our very own households to as far as the Lord will allow us to travel.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus is very specific in the command He gave us.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.“
“All nations” includes the one across the street and the one across the sea. We need to recognize everywhere we go is our mission field. There is no “cherrypicking” in the Kingdom of God. “All” means what it says: ALL.
Isaiah 65 : 8-9
“As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.”
In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah overhears the Lord talking, asking “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah raised his hand and replied, “Here am I. Send me!”
God so loved the world that He gave His very best. Jesus so loved His Father that He gave His life to reconcile the earth back to the Father. We love because He first loved us. Love is the gift from the Father; fear is the counterfeit, the lie that the enemy, Satan sows into men’s souls. We should fear God in reverential awe not man in worrisome and troubling. We should love God and His creation – man – for this is the sum of all God’s commands.
John 3:16-21, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. I John 2:10
So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of Life. Philippians 2:15-16