Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For Immediate Assistance

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15

The world is primed to receive the good news of Jesus Christ. Turn on the television, open the newspaper, or talk to a neighbor and it becomes immediately clear that these are desperate times. People need to hear some good news. Even followers of Jesus Christ are longing for relief for our worlds are also infiltrated by depression, conflict, and ungodliness. The problem is we go as society goes as we look to self-help books, Oprah, television, alcohol or drug abuse and whatever else promises quick fixes. It is understandable because in the midst of chaos it is easy to lose sight of what brings us joy, peace, and holiness. According to John Wesley, joy, peace and holiness are the characteristics of the Kingdom of God. In other words, the kingdom of God is a condition of our soul. When we start to lose control, look first to Christ, and call him near. Let his kingdom reign in your soul. That is good news that we can live by. I pray that we all receive that urgent message and that we immediately share the good news with others. When we feel joy and peace, lift of Christ, and give access to the Gospel to someone new.