We live in times where people test our moral compass daily; however, our triumphs still provide opportunities to rejoice. Let us continue to strive to bring the world closer to the Truth into a life governed by the Lord. Remember, patience leads to endurance and prosperity; "therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:1). Yes, there are troubles all around us, and some of us want to cry out, "Woe is me." Remember what the Lord told Jeremiah to say to Baruch when he cried, "Woe is me now!". "Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land" (Jeremiah 45:4). We should never forget that the omnipotent God we serve can pluck up this entire world.
Knowing this should engender obedience as the fear of the Lord is the way to wisdom. The Lord, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, gave us a mission to preach the gospel truth. You see, the Great Commission did not just apply to the eleven disciples. Jesus told them to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19). For the Lord to govern, we need to train every person in every nation to be a disciple, ordain them to speak the Word, and teach people to observe everything the Lord commands.
As the head of your household, your ministry is to teach and counsel the immediate family. We do not need to go to Europe, Africa, Asia, etc., to do the Lord's work. Believe me when I tell you that if you are a disciple of the Lord, you have a ministry, and there is much work to do. Strive to be like Paul, who said: "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God" (2 Corinthians 2:17). We preach with sincerity because we understand that the Great Commission crosses generational lines and is still valid today.
Still, we do not want to be ignorant; so, we study and prepare ourselves for those who will come against us. Embrace the challenge to boldly proclaim the Gospel Message, even as you come under fire. Commit to shining a light upon the darkness because it is still hanging around trying to disrupt the Good News of the Gospel. Do not involve yourself in half-baked schemes, conspiracy theories, or wishy-washy ideas. Be decisive, and do not forget who you are, the reason for your calling, and who the caller is. The Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the character of the Lord and His plans for you.
Remember, God's children do not practice deceit or distort the Word of God to anyone or for anyone. You want the Truth; read your bible!
Minister Nettie Pennington, Associate Minister, Springfield MB Church