Three years, that is how long the earthly ministry of Jesus lasted. From the time John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God” to the time when a Roman soldier said, “Surely this Man was the Son of God” was only three years. There was only thirty six months between the day He left the carpenter shop to the day when He ascended to heaven. He had one thousand and sixty five days to train twelve men to turn the world upside down.
He knew His time was limited so He did not waste it. He prayed a lot, slept when He needed to and was always about His Father’s business. Satan tried to distract Him, family members did not believe in Him and religious leaders were afraid of Him. But He would not be hindered. Only three years to bring salvation to the world. Nevertheless with His last breath, He could say, “It is finished” as He commended His Spirit into His Father’s hands.
As Jesus ascended into Heaven, He spoke a Great Commission to all who would trust and follow Him. He told us to “Go into the whole world making disciples of all nations and baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is the business that God’s children are to be invested in.
Jesus knew exactly how much time He had and did not waste it. You and I however do not know how much time we have. The Bible teaches us, it is impossible to know what will happen tomorrow and that our life is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Like Jesus we must realize that our time is limited and determine not to waste it.
The salvation of many souls may depend on your obedience to The Great Commission. We must follow the example of Jesus. Satan will try to distract you, put him behind you. Family members may not understand you. Religious leaders may feel threatened by you. Do not let this hinder you. Pray a lot, sleep when you need to, always be about the Father’s business and never stop until God says “It is finished.”
Douglas & Deborah Huff
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