November 01, 2014
THE MAIN THING
READ: 2 Timothy 4:2-5
...How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace...
Years ago, I heard about an aircraft in crisis. As it flew over some mountains, it crashed and everyone on board was killed. It seemed as if they had about fifteen minutes before they eventually crashed. Many of the passengers wrote notes and messages to their loved ones while they could. I wondered what those last notes contained. Anyone who knows he's going away forever would probably give a very important message as his last word.
So what were Jesus' last words? He said the Church should go out and preach the Gospel in as many countries as possible.
Every institution must know what its principal role is! You would surely be unhappy if you sent your child to school and the main thing he or she did was to attend long prayer services everyday without learning anything. The school is supposed to educate the child primarily, and not to conduct all-day prayer meetings. There is nothing wrong if the school has a weekly service or a daily prayer time. When you make a secondary role the primary function, the institution becomes completely confused and irrelevant.
The head of the Church, Jesus Christ, gave us clear instructions to go into the world and preach! Preaching and teaching the Gospel is what makes the Church relevant. When we preach and teach, people are saved and their lives are changed. This is our best contribution to our society!