Thursday, November 4, 2010

What is your mission? John 20:23; Acts 20:23

Hey everyone,
Well, just what is your mission?  Does your bible have letters in 'red'?  Those being Jesus' words!  When Jesus spoke and it was recorded, He had something profound to say!  In John 20:23, He says, 'If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven.  If you refuse to forgive them, they are unforgiven."  Jesus was giving the disciples their Spirit-guided mission---to preach the Good News about Jesus so people's sins might be forgiven.  The disciples did not have the power to forgive sins (only God can forgive sins), but Jesus gave them the privilege of telling new believers that their sins have been forgiven because they have accepted Jesus' message.  All believers have this same privilege.  We can announce forgiveness of sins with certainty when we ourselves have found repentance and faith.  Don't shrink from your mission either!  In Acts 20:23, we are asked to be encouraged regardless of our efforts of presenting the gospel.  There may be extreme suffering that we encounter as we present the Gospel as Paul did.  Verse 23 says 'except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.'  Paul knew what was in store for him, yet he never waivered in his faith!  With Christ being for you, who can stand against you?  Paul's mission was to proclaim the gospel regardless of the obstacles he faced and he knew the reward was greater than his effort; that also should be our mission!!!!  Even though we may suffer for a brief time, the reward is eternity with the Savior!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Your brother in Christ,

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