The Promise

The best proof of the resurrected Jesus is not the sacred text, historical evidence, or eyewitness accounts, the most persuasive, irrefutable validation is YOU! Someone once said, “I know Jesus changed my life because I was there when it happened!” You are audible, visible proof of the life-changing power of Jesus. When told succinctly and clearly, your story of how you met Christ is the on-ramp for others to place their faith in Christ. Jesus’ famous last words were “you shall be my witness.” The ones who heard Him changed the world. This week we are reorienting our thoughts towards sharing our Jesus. As you read the devos, think deeply, slowly and pray for a heart shift. Somebody you know needs to hear about Jesus. A big thanks to the many of you that have shared and reposted the devos.

The Promise

Read:

“. . . I will build My church, . . .” Matthew 16:18

Reflect:

The Lord gave one great prophetic promise concerning His work following His death, resurrection, ascension and glorification as King of kings. He emphatically stated, “I will build My church.” Jesus used the Greek word, ekklesia, speaking of the church, meaning “assembly” or “the called out ones.” Throughout His reign as King, the primary task Jesus gave Himself was to gather individuals from all nations who would receive Him as Lord and Savior, thereby transforming them into a new holy people baptized, anointed, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. These “called out ones” serve in His Kingdom as true sons and daughters of God who are placed into congregations of His church, gifted by the Spirit and called to various works and ministries inside the local congregations of His church. As a result of this ongoing supernatural work of the Lord Jesus by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the work of building His church becomes the task of each individual Christian. It is the ultimate call and destiny of Jesus for each of His followers. As Christians rise to their call, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ will gloriously and fully succeed in covering the earth with the righteousness of God. As Christians refuse to accept their place, success is severely halted!

Respond:

Are you helping Jesus’ church succeed?