MATTHEW 24:12-14: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: Someone has wisely said – “The Main Thing…is to keep the Main Thing…the Main Thing!” So what is the “Main Thing” for a believer? What is the “Main Thing” for the church? As Jesus is teaching the disciples the events leading to the end of the age, and His return, He calls them to the “Main Thing” – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nation’s, and then the end will come.”
Some may object to this simple statement. Preaching the gospel of the kingdom is the “Main Thing”? What about social justice, what about mercy, what about cultural transformation? It is much like the difference between tithing mint and anise and cumin, while neglecting the weightier matters of the law. Jesus said,
- “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” (Matthew 23:23 NKJV)
Notice that Jesus did not say it was wrong to tithe mint and anise and cumin. What Jesus did say is that they are not the “Main Thing”. In this example the “Main Thing” was Justice, mercy, and faith. Jesus said that these should have been done – without leaving the others undone. So it is not a matter of doing one while neglecting the other. It is a matter of remembering the “Main Thing”, doing that first, while attending to everything else in its’ place. And for the believer, for the church, the “Main Thing” is preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom!
- “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (I Corinthians 1:21-24 NKJV)
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17 NKJV)
- “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15 NKJV)
- “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.” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV)
- “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV)
Lord, help me today to keep the “Main Thing”…the “Main Thing”. Help me to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, and then to not leave the others undone. Give me the grace and strength to fulfill both the Great Commandment…and the Great Commission. Pour out Your Spirit upon Your Church today and engage us in the Harvest, as we look for Your soon coming return!
In Jesus Name!