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Unfinished Business
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.

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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Curt Schleicher

March 18, 2014  9:36am

I must use every connection in my life to share the Good News. For it is the only way I see as being plausible for God's Kingdom to come! Every interaction with someone and trust Jesus with the outcome. I cannot tread lightly because I am unsure or unsteady of the outcome. I must press on 'toward the prize' which Paul speaks of in his letters.

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Gregorie Kalipersad

March 18, 2014  6:55am

Amen!

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Randy Kimmel

March 18, 2014  6:30am

I reflect often on what I am doing to further God's kingdom. This morning I feel convicted. I feel challenged and unworthy at times to be a soldier of Christ when I know stumble and do not reflect Christs love in me. I feel guilty for not living as holy as I feel I should be. I feel God pulling me in to situations to be strong to share my story with others, to talk about Jesus with those who do not yet know Jesus. I know that he will use my struggles and challenges to connect with someone who does not yet know Him. The question is, will I be ready? Will I be able to share the Love of Christ when it is time? That's when I have to lean on faith and allow God to speak through me.

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