There are those who think that all Christians are fakes, that we don’t really care about souls, that we don’t really obey God. I strongly disagree with those lies.
I know that you care about souls and the state of the world.
And, when looking at all that is happening in our world, it’s quite easy to become discouraged and concerned. All of it seems to add up – the political unrest, the economic instability, the moral decline.
Think of all that has been discussed in the last few weeks alone: ISIS, the “Gender Debate”, the persecution of the Church. Add those problems to the long list of issues that are pressuring the Church, and you might feel overwhelmed.
And, as it goes for being overwhelmed, perhaps you’re facing troubles that are all your own. Perhaps you’re facing financial trouble, the sort that never seems to end and makes you wonder, “How long is this going to last?” It may seem like one thing after another.
Maybe you’re having problems in your ministry, your church, your health, your emotions or even your own home.
It’s so easy to become distracted…
It may seem like there are just too many problems to address.
This isn’t so.
Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” - Matthew 6:33
While watching a news broadcast with my wife the other day, I became stirred in my soul. I looked at all that was happening, all that seemed to be changing for the worse.
Every time a new topic or problem would get talked about on the news broadcast, I would say, “I should do an episode on that!” My wife could see that I was eager to make a positive difference for the Kingdom. (this has happened a couple time with us)
But I’ll never forget what she said to me in my moment of frustration.
She looked right at me and said, “You’re not called to address all of those problems specifically; you’re called to just preach the gospel!”
I realized that she was right. (And the women said, “Amen”)
We don’t need to go around trying to fix every moral problem. We don’t need to complain, debate, boycott or get angry. We just need to un-apologetically preach Jesus with the power of the Holy Spirit.
We need to stop trying to trim the branches and get right to the root of our world’s issues – the problem of sin.
For that, there is only one cure. The gospel is the cure-all. Wherever it is received, the gospel changes everything.
Sure we should work to make practical change in our world, but our primary focus must be the preaching of the gospel.
The preaching of the gospel is the greatest cause of all time!
The gospel is the only cause with eternal effects. If we’ll focus on preaching the gospel, everything will be made right, as people repent and turn to Christ.
Just preach Jesus!
Does our world have troubles? Of course.
So preach Jesus.
Are you concerned about the economy? Just preach Jesus, and prosperity will follow righteousness.
Are you worried about radical Islam? Just preach Jesus, and Truth will prevail.
Are you saddened by our nation’s moral decline? Just preach Jesus, and He will bring deliverance.
Don’t worry about your future. Don’t worry about your needs. Don’t worry.
Seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything else will be alright.
Don’t worry about your personal struggles. Just focus on your job here in the earth – the spreading of the gospel.
When we focus on the gospel, God takes care of the rest.