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?]