by Pastor Jerry Ingalls
Did you know that your salvation has a purpose beyond your destiny?
The Church exists for the people who have not yet heard or who have not yet responded to God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ.
We are witnesses of God’s kingdom and God’s invitation of grace to become a part of His plans in the world. We are harbingers of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is who we are and this is why we exist: to point to Another!
You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ; a witness in this day and at this hour.
You were not saved so that you can hide your light by privately rejoicing in your own destiny while you go along fulfilling your own plans and desires. You were saved to shine the light of Jesus Christ to all who are caught in the darkness of these last days. You are saved to point others to the salvation that is available to them through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As the end nears and the coming of Christ approaches, God will press upon His people to be the witnesses who shine brightly in the darkening days. Just as God does not leave the world without witnesses today, so God will not leave the world without witness in the great tribulations that are to come. In Revelation 11:3-4, we experience God’s provision of witnesses granted with great authority as harbingers, “‘And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.’ These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.”
Just like these heavenly witnesses, you too have been granted great authority as God’s witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. God has sealed you with the Holy Spirit for the Day of Redemption, given you spiritual gifts to empower your gospel witness upon the earth, and called you to bear great spiritual fruit so that all may see His transforming power in you and through you.
Do not neglect the gift that God has given you. Do not miss the opportunities God has set before you. You were blessed to be a blessing; saved to be a witness. SHINE!
*Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.