- WINNING THE WORLD
Jesus gave this Great Commission to His disciples, and with His authority and presence manifested by the Holy Spirit, they gave their lives to the work.
But it isn’t finished. That commission has been handed down from generation to generation. Now it’s ours.
“Whose, mine?” you may ask, looking around for the nearest missionary.
Yes, yours. And mine. In fact, it belongs to the whole Church and we will answer to the Lord for it. We are called to save a society of souls under siege.
All right, it is a daunting job. But it is do-able, or God would not have told us to do it. Our generation, more than any other, has the tools it takes to reach the world: television; radio; films; the internet; world-wide transport . . . and money.
But all those tools won’t get the job done by themselves; without us, they are lifeless. And we will never make maximum use of them until we know three things. Here they are in a nutshell:
• The passionate heart of God for lost people
• Our individual responsibility for the Great Commission
• The real key to getting the job done: Worship
Worship. Not just singing a few songs; not that kind of worship. The real thing. Offerings and sacrifice brought to God by His “kingdom of priests.” That’s us. But what does that mean? And what kind of offerings and sacrifices are we talking about here?
Jack R. Taylor, in his book, God’s Miraculous Plan of Economy, points out three kinds of sacrifice: the sacrifice of the fruit of our lips, the fruit of our labor, and the fruit of our lives. Let us elaborate on them:
First, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name (Heb. 13:15). This is our witness to the world that God is, and that He is mighty to save.
We tell our stories and offer hope on the streets and in the homes of a lost world. We speak it and sing it in our churches, and bear witness to the Living God by our words of worship.
Then there’s the sacrifice of the fruit of our labor. Yes, this is our money, our treasure. So, don’t lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moths and rust corrupt and thieves steal, but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven where none of these things happen. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Mt. 6:19-21 abridged).
What we do with our money tells us where our hearts really are. If we worship with our treasure, we will provide plenty for missions, mercy ministries, and media tools that will impact the world.
Then the ultimate sacrifice: the fruit of our lives. I beseech you, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice which is your reasonable service and true spiritual worship (Rom. 12:1 Amp. abridged)
This is simply a call for complete abandonment to God. It is a call for people who will go to the nations; who will tell the message everywhere, do anything, and give everything for Him.
It is a call for unreserved obedience. And obedience is worship given by the heart. It will win the world for Jesus.
PRAYERS FOR WINNING THE WORLD
Here, Lord, I give you my tongue— a sacrifice for you to sanctify. Touch it with your cleansing, holy fire. Then with my mouth I will bless your name, speak my love to you and give you worship. With it I will tell the world that you are, and that you are a rewarder of those that earnestly seek you (Heb.11:6).
I offer you not only the fruit of my lips in praise (Heb. 13:15), but the fruit of my labor for your use. Not a one time gift, but a perpetual offering, freely given. I know it’s true that where my treasure is, my heart will be also. I want my heart to be in heavenly places, in the kingdom. At home. (Mt. 6:21).
Lord God, I offer my whole life to You. I truly mean it. Even though at times I feel as if I am stepping off a cliff in the dark, I know You are there. It is Your voice I follow to the very best of my ability. All I ask is that You will be pleased, that I will bring honor to You, and that I will raise up worshipers to Your name. You are my focus, my purpose and my reward.