Today, if we look around, whether in our immediate environment or outwards towards the wider world, we can see all the events that inevitably confront us. As a part of a verse from Matthew 4:17, which says, ‘From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Jesus communicates two important things here: a very good news that many believers await, which is the kingdom of heaven, and another important thing he draws our attention to is an urgent action, to repent.
Firstly, if we feel that this is possible for everyone else but we are excluded, we are very much mistaken because Mark 2:17 was also written for us, which says: When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’ Jesus not only calls us but look at Luke 15:4, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?’
Who is our shepherd? Jesus! He comes after us, seeks us, knocks on our door, finds every way to track us down, to find us; there is only one thing He can’t do, which is to override our free will. You and I need to open the door, we need to host Him in our house, to welcome Him into our hearts.
‘Revelation 3:20 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.’
You know, I want to dine with Jesus, I’ve lived my life without my 99 siblings, wandering lost for most of my life like many others, buried in worldly things, but I believe that I’ve opened the door of my heart wide to the Lord Jesus, and as the New Testament concludes, I too say what Revelation 22:20 says: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.“
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
My service is not tied to a place, not located under a country or street name, and not hidden behind a phone number. I serve my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, growing in Him day by day, being transformed from my old self to become like Christ.