Posted by: prosperingchristians | May 27, 2010

Building the Kingdom

I have been reading a book, Revolution in World Missions, by K.P. Yohannon, about mission work in India and it has really opened my eyes as to whether or not I am doing what I can to build God’s Kingdom. When Jesus die and was resurrected, he gave us the Great Commission, to preach the word to all people, heal the sick and raise the dead.

I rarely meet someone who is witnessing on the streets in the neighboring towns where I live. Many of the church memberships are dwindling and have been since the economic recession. People have lost faith in God as they lost jobs and homes. They do not realize that God did not cause the recession. Man did it with his disobedience to God’s laws and his refusal to repent of the sin which led to the recession.

We, as Christians, are supposed to be preaching the word, healing the sick, raising the dead, and giving to those in need. Many of the churches believe in the healing power of Jesus, however I am not sure how many of them are using this healing gift. Some churches do not offer parishioners the opportunity to use gifts other than running meetings, teaching Bible studies and Sunday school, or cleaning the bathrooms. How many of the people are actually out witnessing to others, ministering to sick and lonely people, feeding the poor, and visiting those who are in prison?

It seems that we hear more about feeding and clothing the poor when there is a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, as the Haitians recently experienced. With the millions of dollars that went into helping the Haitians, it is a good thing. Better an overwhelming response in time of great need, than no response when a few are in need.

Have we as Christians deviated from the ministry of Jesus? I was amazed at the difference in lifestyles of Americans and poor people in the Middle East, African, and Asian countries. The people in these countries subsist on amazingly small amounts of food and water and have very little in the way of clothing and furniture. Although the author suggests that if Americans live more like they do, and send the money saved to these countries, there would be more equality in meeting the needs of the poor people.

Whether or not this is true, I do not foresee Americans giving up their current lifestyles. We have become accustomed to having this lifestyle for many years. Many have had to cut back on their expenses because of the economic recession and to ask them to cut back further will meet with anger and contempt. Jesus calls us to give according to Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete, withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Those who follow this command will lack for nothing. Jesus came to save the sinners. He told even the poor to give. In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus says in Matthew 5: 42, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” This is a command to sinners to give. We also learn for the story of the widow who gave her last penny, that she had given more than those who gave out of their abundance.

Thousands are being saved daily in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, according to Yohannon. This is very encouraging and Americans can look to these countries as an example of the fervor which we ned in order to save souls.

In conclusion, rich and poor alike are commanded to give to those in need.


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