church life

The "Go" in the Gospel

Mike Murdock said something so profound. He said the first two letters of the word ‘gospel’ are the words, ‘go’. I never thought of it that way but it makes sense. When you consider the early church, our prototype, they were constantly engaged with one another. They worshipped together, witnessed Christ together, gave together, and ate together. There was a strong spirit of unity contained within the early church that advancement of the Gospel of the Kingdom grew exponentially. Why? Because the people had joy. Scripture declares that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
When a person is withdrawn, spacey, divisive, or just plain ‘missing’, their countenance speaks for itself. These kinds of people can hardly advance the Kingdom because the joy of the Lord is absent. Therefore, when the zeal and the strength a person needs to witness Christ is absent, opportunities for that person to become actively involved in the ‘go’ing aspect of ministering are passed over.

Jesus said something that still shakes my soul today. He said that in that day He would say to many, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” Now, under what circumstances would someone ordinarily say, “They don’t know you”, other than the circumstances that define our absence of fellowship? What’s the word for us? Fellowship. Your spiritual family then, if they truly have the heart of God, has been divinely placed in your life to bring joy and the strength of the Lord. Being in the midst of the right kind of people will empower your spirit with the ‘go’ you need to do what the Lord asks of you to do.

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