Yesterday, I wrote about the simplicity and adequacy of grace. Once we understand the free availability of eternal life, what do we do with that insight?
Our Responsibility in the Kingdom of God
Here’s what Jesus tells us:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Jesus has been established as the King. Our King sends us out on a rescue mission to save others. Make no mistake about it, lots and lots of people are lost and perishing because they don’t know Him or His grace. Are we just going to stand by as they die before our eyes?
It is our job to tell them. It is our mission to spread the Good News. We are the right ones for this assignment because:
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. Colossians 1:13-14 MSG
Once you’ve been rescued, you know the skill and capability of the Savior. You know the depth of His compassion and mercy.
Who better to reach out to others?
Once you understand just how messed up you really are, then and only then, can you fully grasp the true depth of His grace.
Once you realize that there are no possessions, promotions or pleasures that can satisfy you, then and only then, can you fully appreciate the mercy of His grace.
Once you come to the end of yourself and figure out that you have no strength whatsoever to save yourself, then and only then, will you fully catch on to the forgiveness offered via His grace.
So, if you are a weak, blind, naked, lost sinner that finally hit rock bottom and turned to Jesus finding Him standing there with open arms, then you are the perfect member of this rescue team.
Let’s Join God on this Rescue Mission
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;
John 3:16-18 MSG
His grace is our message to a desperate world. It is a message of hope. God loves us immensely. He wants to rescue us. He sent His son to find us and lead us to safety. There is nothing complicated about this.
I want to copy Jesus and help rescue others.