What are the children of GOD doing?
GO Make Disciples!!!!!!!!!!
Like no other matter since the Affordable Care Act, the President’s recent executive action allowing perhaps 5 million or more illegal immigrants to remain in the United States has fired up people on both sides of the issue—whether conservatives, liberals, or libertarians. Surely much prayer was lifted up to God about such executive action by the President which we knew would have significant impact on America’s future. But whatever our political persuasion happens to be, it’s essential for disciples of Christ to keep in mind that before we are Americans, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Our allegiance is first of all to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Our devotion to our nation—as beloved as it is to us—should be a distant second. Our obedience to God’s commands and laws should supersede all else.
As believers in America we can definitely exercise our right to vote and freedom of speech. If we hold political office, then we are beholden to those who elected us and should legislate according to their interests. And as believers who are private citizens as most of us are, our thinking and subsequent actions should primarily be determined by the word of God and only secondarily by political or ideological concerns.
The final command of Jesus Christ to His disciples
The final command given by Jesus Christ to his disciples before his ascension to the right hand of the Father is known as the Great Commission. We are commanded by the King of kings and the Lord of lords to preach the gospel and to make disciples of all nations. If we focus on this, we can better understand why the Lord allowed the President’s recent executive action—which may encourage many more millions of people to cross our borders from Latin America in the years to come.
Yes, as some commentators are telling us, this influx will have a definite negative effect on our nation in various ways. But Romans 8:28 also tells us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” How? We who love the Lord should want to obey His holy commands, and his final command was the Great Commission. The flood of illegal immigrants is an opportunity for us to reap of great harvest of souls during these last days before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Some of us have faithfully interceded to the Lord for lost souls and for the nations to come to Him according to Psalms 2.
Psalm 2:8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
God is answering those prayers through the President’s recent executive action. The nations will be coming to us by the multitudes. We will find them everywhere: in our streets, our schools, in our communities. And many of them will be very open to the gospel of Jesus Christ if it is presented according to Scripture.
How was the gospel presented in Acts?
Let us study Acts 8 to see the circumstances behind the very first significant harvest of souls for Christ outside of Jerusalem and its environs.
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria….
The church in Jerusalem was the very first megachurch where the disciples gathered every Sunday to be taught and encouraged in the faith by the Lord’s apostles. But for some reason God allowed a great persecution to break out against this great church. Why did God allow such a thing? Perhaps it was because the believers in that megachurch had become little more than comfortable pew-sitters enjoying God’s presence every Sunday—while ignoring the Lord’s command go and preach the gospel “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) What did the disciples do after the persecution scattered them to the four winds?
They turned the world upside down.
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