The creator of the Universe simply spoke the earth into existence. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 1:13) So through his unseen word things became visible. Hence we have the word Universe. Uni meaning one, and verse meaning word. That’s all it took. One word from God. When God said “Let there be light,” There was light. When He spoke to the waters they moved. (Genesis 1) It seems as though the creation is subject to the Creator. When God speaks it listens. Or does it?
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Those words of Christ weren’t simply a suggestion. He was speaking to his creation. So many Churches are full of Gods people that aren’t listening to their Creator. When The Lord spoke, I believe it was a commandment. There are times that God opens doors of opportunity and many of us fail to walk thru those doors. We must realize that as his children, God, wants us to listen. If the waters, land and the Earth can listen, then why can’t we?
Many modern day Christians feel that this commandment is resting upon the shoulders of Church leaders. But the fact is that the leadership of your Church won’t come in contact with “every creature.” While the burden to win souls should rest upon the leadership, the Church should also share that burden. Many people at your work, school or marketplace will never hear a sermon delivered by your pastor. That’s right; they won’t hear the spoken word. However they can experience it in the life of a believer. The account of God’s creation can teach us a lot. Genesis 1:11 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Wow! God spoke to the creation and it brought forth seed and the fruit tree yielded fruit and its seed was in itself. Our message to the world isn’t always a theological sermon delivered by a minister with a doctorate degree. When we “Go ye”, we’re not just doing, but we are being. The apple didn’t hear the word direct from God however it was a product of obedience. So many times we don’t realize the seed that is in us. Who around you could possibly be searching for true joy? Searching for peace, contentment, love? Well you may have the key to unlocking the door in their life that Jesus will step into.
So next time your second guessing posting something on Facebook because it may offend someone, or you hesitate witnessing because of persecution or fear of embarrassment, GO YE. Jesus said, “Preach the gospel.” To preach is to proclaim, to advocate, to advise and to spread. So to Christian that feels you have no calling, you’re wrong. You are called! So, GO YE!
Pastor Kevin Barbour