Theme of the Week: Finding Your Purpose
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 12:1-4
So just what is that [bigger] story in which we are to play our parts? How do we discover it? Mary and Joseph played their parts. So did Peter, Paul, Luke, and John. But now, 2,000 years after the Resurrection, we seem to have lost the plot.
There is some unfinished business for followers of Christ in our world: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matt. 24:14, NIV).
This plain statement by Jesus in Matthew 24 lays out a simple premise: once the "gospel of the kingdom" has been satisfactorily taken throughout the world, the end will come. Jesus's promise that the end would come was not a bad thing. He was dangling a very large carrot in front of his church. He was referring to his grand promise to reconcile all things, to right every wrong, to wipe away every tear, to raise the dead to eternal life, to judge the wicked, to restore his creation, and to establish his wonderful kingdom forever and ever. He was promising to tie up all the loose ends of the big story and bring it to its amazing conclusion.
—Richard Stearns in Unfinished
My Response: How often do I reflect on my role in fulfilling the promises of Jesus laid out in today's reading?
Thought to Apply: If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher, teacher)
Adapted from Unfinished by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Sovereign King of the universe, captivate me with such a powerful vision of the hope of the gospel that I cannot help but share it.
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