Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We are now free to leave the country...

...at least in the eyes of the U.S. government.

Amy had to renew her passport, and all the kids needed passports. No, we don't have any plans to go anywhere at this time. But it's nice to know we could go if the opportunity arose

I believe every Christian should have a passport just in case we are called into service outside the borders of our home country. At least five times, Jesus commanded His followers in general to go worldwide with the good news:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19);

"Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15);

"Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations..." (Luke 24:46–47);

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8);

"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).
That last one always gets me. As long as there are nations, tribes, or people groups who have not heard the good news, the end will tarry. God will wait. Judgment will be delayed another day. But when we, Christ's followers, have finished the task of going to every nook and cranny of planet earth, look to the heavens because the time will have drawn near! How exciting that we get to be a part of God's great plan of salvation, and that we are a part of the timetable for Jesus' return!

So get your passport ready. You may not go across the world, but like the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared."

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