“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? “1 John 3:17, KJV
Jesus Christ gave His disciples the great commission before ascending into the heavens, after His resurrection. Jesus spent about three years with them, teaching and pouring great virtue into them. Jesus was prepping them for the great commission; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matt.28:19, NIV).” This commission is given to every disciple of Jesus that exist now, and that will be here until He returns. Jesus did not save us so we can have Him to ourselves. He saved us so that we might reach others. It is not His will that any should perish (2 Pet. 3:8-9, KJV).
Thousands of years have gone by since this mandate came out of the lips of Jesus Christ. To the glory of God, thousands of churches have been established. Missionaries and revivalist have been sent out to proclaim the gospel all over the world. This is good, and it is the will of God, but let us not forget other weighty matters of the kingdom of heaven. Let us not be overzealous in our mandate, that we forget our hearts of compassion. Many are so consumed with the preachings, the teachings, and growing of the churches, that we forget the need of the people.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone (Matt.23:23, KJV).”
A single mother struggling to feed her children who have not eaten in the past three days may find it difficult to hear your preaching over the sound of her children’s growling bellies. The families out there who have no access to medical care all over the world but are suffering from preventable illnesses need help. We can offer them the Jesus that heals but let us also offer them the Jesus that cares. The kingdom of God is much larger than the walls of the church that surround us each Sunday. People all over the world need help. Families are suffering, and children are dying. What will the youth in places like Iran, Uganda, Mongolia, China, Belarus, and Venezuela say about God when many of them are in the center of human trafficking, hoping for a way out? What about the women suffering from female genital mutilations, forced marriages, and many others stripped off their dignity and rights? What are we going to do about it?
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27, KJV
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matt. 25:40, KJV
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Proverbs 3: 27-28, KJV
Everyone has heard about Jesus in one way or the other. It is time they see Jesus through us. Let us be an answer to someone’s prayer. GRA Mission Squad has partnered with the Holy Spirit to be an answer to prayers. As we continue to reach the unreached and help the helpless, join us as we reach the world not only with the word of God but the Love of God.