The New Church’s First Act

Quick, Pentecost-themed post:  I’ve been pondering over this the last few days, and it still seems powerful to me.

The Church was given the Holy Spirit on Pentecost in Jerusalem, and what is the very first thing they did?

They immediately begin their mission of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God to the world.  Immediately.

I know I am a rather simple fellow, but that impresses me.  And it challenges me.

Forgive me if I continue to fail to understand those out there who don’t think that the Church of God has an obligation to pull out all the stops and to make taking Christ’s message to the world their number one priority.

Christ said that finishing the Work of God was His food — His sustenance (John 4:34).  And the context given by the verses that follow should prevent anyone from coming to the sloppy conclusion that He was speaking of the work He finished at that Passover of His crucifixion.

If the food and sustenance of Christ was the Work of God, and He truly is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8), and if the Church is the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27, et al.), then failing to do the Work of God means starving the Body of Christ to death. (So much for “preparing the Bride,” huh?)

May God find His Church today doing exactly as it did on the Pentecost of its begettal — putting God’s Work first and passionately and zealously taking Christ’s message to a world that needs it so desperately.

[UPDATE: I appreciate the comments below.  I note that the very first gift of the spirit given by God to the new church was one that empowered them to begin their mission immediately.  God’s priorities on this matter seem abundantly clear. Are ours?]

4 thoughts on “The New Church’s First Act

  1. Deano

    Indeed! The world needs it now more than it ever has. Hope you had a profitable Pentecost weekend.

    Deano

  2. Ed Ewert

    “Christ said that finishing the Work of God was His food — His sustenance … If the food and sustenance of Christ was the Work of God, … and if the Church is the Body of Christ,
    then failing to do the Work of God means starving the Body of Christ to death.”

    I’ve realized before that John 4:34 is a very profound, far reaching statement. And the idea that failing to do the Work of God means starving the Body of Christ to death (and starving ourselves spiritually as well, I would guess) adds to its profoundness.

  3. Gerald Demery

    Yes you are right. It’s interesting that the last instruction Christ gave his Church was to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, and the first thing the leaders of the church did 10 days later was to begin doing that. Certainly left an impression on them.

  4. Craig

    God MOTIVATED them through the Holy Spirit to preach, and as soon as they started speaking “the wonderful works of God” it was heard in every language that was understood there! Was this not a type of taking the Gospel to all people of the entire world?

    So God doesn’t sit back just expecting His followers to preach the Gospel, but is actively involved in making it happen through them. Tells me that if anyone is not interested in doing so, they are not in tune with what God is doing nor motivated by the Holy Spirit. By their fruits you shall know them!

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