Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: And he said unto them follow me and I will make you fishers of men Matt. 4:19
LISTEN: Jesus Christ have no business with the sinful world if not to redeem, save and restore mankind. (John 3 : 16 ; 10 : 10). He came to give life to people and to destroy the works of darkness fashioned against the children of God. As a result, not long after He ended His forty days fast in the wilderness that He began to make disciples. As He walked by the sea of Galilee, He met two brothers Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother, who were both fishermen as they were doing their normal fishing business on the sea. When Jesus met them he said to them, “follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (v.19). He was not just calling them to change their business, but to offer themselves to be trained in winning souls for the kingdom of God. They immediately followed Him and were subsequently transformed into useful instruments for the kingdom of God. They became preachers of the gospel of Christ. Christ both made them earthly and eternally useful.
He made them soul winners; not just soul winners, but desperate and rugged soul winners who understood that time is too short and sinners must be saved. Beloved, are you a follower of Christ Jesus? If yes, since you became His follower, have you won a soul to him? Are you going about His business of winning souls to His kingdom? If not, what are you waiting for? Remember that you are called to spread the gospel of the Kingdom; and your business should be to win souls into the kingdom of God. However, you cannot achieve this unless you are ready to follow Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to follow Jesus Christ? It means to follow him as your teacher and Saviour; to take him as your personal example, to take him as your closest friend, and to take and believe him as your rewarded, provider, protector and preserver. Beloved, be zealous in the LORD’S service. Always remember that your labour in Christ can never be in vain (Heb. 6:10).Do not allow trials and tribulations you may encounter in spreading the gospel to deter you from following Christ and saving souls for Him. No matter what, keep Pressing on with the gospel of the Kingdom of God. God bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. preach the gospel of the Kingdom to your family members and neighborhood.
2. Do not neglect your primary assignment – soul winning as a Christian.
3. Encourage and challenge others to join you in spreading the gospel of Christ.
4. Do not be lazy with your faith in Christ, rather determine to win souls into the kingdom of God.
Daily Task: No matter your engagement, set aside a day of the week for personal evangelism and soul winning as your kingdom assignment to God and mankind.
Daily Reflection: Jesus Christ have no business with the sinful world if not to redeem, cure, clean, save and restore mankind. So embrace Jesus Christ today.
Daily Prayer: Heavenly Father, I accept my responsibility as your child. Therefore, I receive grace and power to preach the gospel to the lost and to save them from the power of sin and Satan back to You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Therefore, I prophesy to you, may God give you grace to do what He has called you to do, and become what you are created to be, in Jesus ‘ name.
Daily Quote: To neglect your christian responsibilities is to indirectly reject your faith in Christ.
Today In History: June 17, 362. Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.