Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Great Commission

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

Myself and Jane have been wondering why we never hear the Great Commission preached from the book of Mark. Yes some say the end of Mark is perhaps unreliable but if it's that unreliable why is it still in our Bibles? If we believe it's the words of Jesus why is it that we never hear these words spoken to us?
Is it perhaps that the church is too religious? Too afraid to tackle the idea that we are to cast out demons, speak in new tongues, lay hands on the sick and maybe even get up of the pews and start loving people and showing them and telling them the gospel?
By religion I mean talking up a storm but not actually doing anything about it. Paul warns Timothy about this attitude in 2 Tim 3:5
having a form of godliness but denying its power
Paul also says in 1 Cor 4:18-20 that the kingdom of God doesn't consist of just words, but of power.
Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

As Kris Vallotton says
"Words are the invitation to an experience but they are not the experience itself."

The Bible is our foundation and the Word of God but even Satan can quote the Bible and some of the biggest atheists in the world know the Bible better than I do. It's not just about the Word, it's about putting the Word into action and doing something with our faith. All for the glory of Jesus. All the above mentioned in Mark and Paul speaking about moving in power is not for our fame or so we feel great ministering to people it's to further the kingdom. To bring people to a REAL relationship with Jesus where they know and experience His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and healing. Think about what we would be like as a people if we actually moved in the power of the Spirit and didn't just talk about stories of old as if they have no relevance for today. God is willing to take you on an adventure if you're humbly up for it.