GOD GIVES A DIRECTION
Today’s teaching is a continuation of the series’ THE GREAT COMMISSION‘. As mentioned in Part 1, the second principle of our lesson is that Jonah received a DIRECTION OF GOD
Jonah 1:1 (NKJV) Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
God specifically told Jonah where to go. The name of the city was named. But he resolved to go somewhere else. We can realize that God is not ambiguous to him, He makes His message clear and plain. However, Jonah took another way because He finds it difficult to fathom while God would not judge them instead.
Psalm 23:8. (ISV) I will instruct you and teach you concerning the path you should walk; I will direct you with my eye.
Since God’s way is not our way, His decision to send Jonah clearly shows that God always desires to give everyone a fair chance of hearing the message of repentance; Just like He sent Noah to preach to his generation(2Pet 2:5). We must feel what God feels and have a passion for His passions. We must be compassionate about the sinners, not wanting anyone to die in their sins(2Peter 3:9). I believe we are saved to be a vehicle of redemption to others. Practically, it is like watching a drowning man, in a pool of water and show no concern. It is that bad and maybe worse!
Apart from Jonah, there are other examples in the scriptures where God gave direction to people to go and preach.
Philip action was dissimilar to Jonah. He entertains no hesitation in carrying out his evangelistic assignment. As a matter of fact, he literally moved immediately, by running. That should be our attitude to sharing the gospel to unbelievers. We are not to be crawling, walking, but to run (Hab 2:2). We must attach urgency to the demand. I believe every believer need to be baptized with the same intent. A spirit that doesn’t consider the word of God with levity. Philip response was quick. The gospel of Jesus must be quickly delivered to the sinners as soon as we are prompted to do so: we must hit the iron when it is hot. We all know the story, eventually, the Ethiopian eunuch accepted the church doctrine of Jesus. There are many of him out there, very religious and confused. They need someone to expound the scriptures to them and you might be the missing part of the puzzle they are looking forward to meeting. The drastic situation needs drastic action!
Acts 8: 26 (NKJV) Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And, behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,…………………… 30. So Philip ran to him…….
Peter was in a trance when he got an instruction to go to Cornelius the centurion to preach. In his trance, he declined, but when he came to his senses, the clarity of the assignment was related to him by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit actually warned him not to hesitate in carrying out the assignment. If there is anything we all must avoid, it is hesitation. It is an enemy of progress and to any achievement. Because he obeyed the instruction, the whole household of Cornelius received salvation.
DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY
There are several lessons we can learn from these two men. From Philip account, imagine if he had refused to meet the Ethiopian Eunuch. The opportunity created by God might have been lost. The same with Peter, imagine if he also had refused to respond to the call for him to preach to Cornelius, the opportunity could have been lost as well.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
God always creates an opportunity for us to preach. He stands at the doorway of every heart. He knows those with the true heart that are searching for him, He will be directing our paths to them time to time. How many times we are prompted to preach to somebody, somewhere, and we hesitated or refused like Peter and Jonah respectively. God will constantly prepare the heart of men to receive the message and the responsibility is now on us to finish the job.
We are carriers of opportunities anywhere we found ourselves. Our journeys are guided by God and we must realize that everyone we come across, anywhere, anyplace have been positioned by God for us to preach to. We are all evangelists, it is not a responsibility of the chosen few in the fivefold ministry. Jesus engaged all His disciples to evangelize. And if you are one of His disciples you also must get involved. I have no doubt in my mind that if all believers are doing it rigorously, in no time the Kingdom of Darkness shall be desolate.
So shall it be in Jesus name!
Rom 10:14 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
It is time for us to wake up from our slumber, summon the courage and loyalty to our divine assignments. It is when we preach, that they will hear and when they hear, God will complement our efforts by convicting them of their sins. It is then we can have full joy and heaven will rejoice as well.
Luke 15:7 (NIV) I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
To be continued……
Stay blessed everyone!