“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” – Mark 13:10

 
False teachers.
 
Wars and rumors of wars.
 
Nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
 
Earthquakes, famines, troubles, Trump in office. Oh, my!
 
Is this the end of the world as we know it?
 
Whether you are Democrat or Republican both may agree that it certainly seems this way.
 
Nonetheless, these (minus the presidency of course) the Bible reminds us “are the beginnings of sorrows” (Mk. 13:5-8).
 
Though changes in today’s world, to include our own government, have caused for some many a sorrow, in the Gospel of Mark Jesus, was speaking here to His disciples concerning the signs of the times and the end of the age (vv. 3-13), the great tribulation (vv. 14-23), and His second coming (vv. 24-27).
 
Last night the word of the Lord came to me from Mark 13:10 which made me think intently of what would happen if we, as believers, took seriously the Great Commission to: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15).
 
I began to wonder what if we were to focus all of our efforts to proclaiming the good news to our family, our friends, our neighbors and co-workers, the stranger on the street, leaving no stone unturned, would this not hasten the return of the Lord?
 
If so, I now ponder, what would be the church’s response to that: Would we be more like the servants who had multiplied all they had been given and who were eager to greet their master upon his return (Mt. 25:20-23)? Or have we buried our talent in the ground like the wicked slave who viewed his Lord as “a hard man” and therefore did nothing for fear of disappointing him (vv.24-28)?
 
If you identify more with the latter and have found yourself to have been less than trustworthy with His treasure, then let this from author and speaker Winkie Pratney encourage you to carefully consider the global impact that sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ can have if we would just be faithful:
 
“The world can be witnessed to in a single generation. We can welcome [Him] back with our present of the finished task set by Him so long ago when He said, ‘This gospel of the kingdom must be preached for a witness to all nations; then the end come’”
 
We are no doubt living in some sorrowful times. Brother has certainly betrayed brother to death and father their children, likewise, children have risen up against their parents in rebellion.
 
Nevertheless, now, more than ever, the world needs to hear the Gospel: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). 
 
But despite the reality that those of us who are Christ’s witnesses will be hated by all for His name’s sake, we must endure. For “he who endures to the end” we are reminded, “shall be saved” (Mk 13:13).
 
Run to win,
Den
 
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