Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “GO into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
1.Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have a command to GO into all the world—into every part of the worlds of every man, woman, boy and girl...into every culture and counterculture...into every mindset and philosophy...into every system and network—and preach the good news without the preferential treatment of anyone!
2.Today I will embrace the call of Christ. Even though I may be rebuked for my unbelief or hardness of heart as the first disciples were, I have still been mandated to go—to go anyway—in spite of my weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable and, regardless of what I have or haven’t done, Jesus is still depending on me to give the inhabitants of His world some good news!
3.Today I will go to where the people are—not just where they are geographically, but to where they are mentally, spiritually, emotionally and philosophically. I will speak with the tongue of the learned (Isaiah 50:4), becoming all things to all men (1 Corinthians 9:22).
4.Today I will make some movement, knowing that my steps are ordered of the Lord and that God blesses whatever I put my hand to.
5.Today I will not preach religious tradition or anything that could possibly make people feel alienated from God. My declaration of the Kingdom (“The Kingdom is at hand!”) will make Jesus accessible to those who have been disconnected in their minds. I will go to where the breaches are—and I will repair them!
6.Today I will be a witness, telling my story, finding my voice.
7.Today I will be followed by supernatural signs confirming my words. God will bless my efforts because I believe. My faith will be irresistible to Him today, and today I will live in the now!
Father, help me to get up and get going today. In Jesus’ name, amen.