by Donald Cline
1 Corinthians 16:8-9 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
The apostle Paul had passion and vision to reach the world with the good news about salvation. As he followed the Spirit’s leading, his determination proved effective. There’s no telling how many lives the Lord transformed through this man. And his influence is still impacting people today.
Paul knew that Jesus had instructed His followers to “make disciples of all the nations,” teaching them to observe everything He had commanded (Matt. 28:19). God led and enabled the apostle to do his part in carrying out this divine mission.
But think about life back then—no TV. No internet (Al Gore hadn’t had a chance yet), no Instagram, no Facebook, no text to landline, and on and non. So getting the word out was a much greater task. Paul could only teach, write, or train others to share the truth. In spite of limited means, however, he obeyed fervently and effectively.
God hasn’t changed his mind, or His commands. It is still His will that we as Christians get out and tell the world about redemption through Christ’s blood and resurrection. Compared to Paul, we have an abundance of communication capabilities—including radio, television, Internet, and cell phones. These devices reach literally into every country of the world. Think of the access we have. Think of the opportunities we miss if we don’t take advantage of the technology God has given us! But how tragic if we get so busy “playing” with this technology and fail to obey God’s command to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel!”
We stand at a critical moment in history for the church. The door of opportunity is wide open for us to share the gospel through a variety of methods. As believers, we are obligated to carry out Christ’s Great Commission. Be careful that neither busyness nor apathy keeps you from obedience.
But know this. You will be opposed. Note the last few words; there will be many adversaries. Sadly, some of those adversaries will come from our own ranks. But don’t be discouraged! I read the whole book. In the end .. we win!
Keep Lookin’ UP and Listenin’ for the SHOUT!