The Priority precedes the program.

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you only had 40 days left in this world, and you actually knew that to be the case, how would you spend the time? Would you agree that you would invest that time in what you considered to be your priorities? I think everyone of us would devote our attention in our last days to what was most important to us. After the Resurrection, the Bible tells us that Jesus was on bodily on earth for 40 more days. So what did He demonstrate to be His priority?

“Jesus presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them (His followers) over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3

Throughout His earthly ministry, we discover the kingdom of God to be the priority. It was the subject of His first sermon, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was a significant part of the disciple’s prayer, “Pray . . . Thy Kingdom come.” In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God.” When He sent out the seventy, He instructed them to go into the villages and announce, “The kingdom of God has come near.”

I would suggest to you, based on the context of Acts 1, that in order to effectively proclaim the message of the King (1:8), we must first comprehend the priority of the Kingdom (1:3). Some have defined the Kingdom of God has the sovereign rule of God in the hearts of His people. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3). So it seems to me, if God is indeed ruling sovereignly in a person’s life, that person will be obedient to God. Let that simple thought sink in for a moment.

Therefore, missions is not about geography. It is not a matter of whether we are in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the ends of the earth. It is a matter of obedience. Our responsibility is to lay our “Yes” on the altar of surrender to God, and then let Him put it on the map.

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