A few weeks ago, the Lord started showing me how to prioritize with a message called “At the End of the Day,” and I believe as Christians we can make things way too complicated. One of my favorite ministers said that we can get too busy working for God that we forget to love God.
Wow what a powerful reminder about what we are here for, which is to know God and make him known. I believe at the end of the day, we first have to Simplify.
In Mark 12 we find a teacher asking Jesus what the greatest commandment is and he told them as I paraphrase to love God with everything in you and love your neighbor as yourself. We have to simplify things, and sometimes we have to learn to say no and learn to let go, so that we can focus on what is most important.
I love the story of a Pastor who tried to call a congregant but could never get a call back, so he left a message saying they had a mutual relative that passed away and left them both an inheritance. It took less than 5 minutes for the congregant to call back, and the Pastor said Moses had died and left us the 10 Commandments. That’s a funny story, but the point is that people make time for what’s important to them. We have to simplify and remember the words of the old 4 HIM song that says “Love God, Love People, that’s the Center of the Mark.”
Next, at the end of the day we should Testify. In John 1:6-8 it says, “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” We testify about God’s goodness and what he has done for us, so that others may come into the faith of Jesus Christ.
I saw a video of a lady at her College Graduation that walked across the stage, and before she got off the stage, she started dancing in place and you could tell she was thankful for what the Lord had brought her through. She couldn’t testify with her mouth but she let her feet do the talking for her that day! In Revelation 12 the Bible tells us we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. When it’s all said and done, God has been way too good to us not to testify continually.
Finally, at the end of the day we need to Multiply. Our goal is to share the Gospel to as many as will listen as we believe time is short. In Acts 12:24 the Bible says, “But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.” The ultimate goal is to see the Word of God spread and to multiply believers in the faith!
I remember a friend of mine said he gave his wife a check to deposit and before the day was over, she had lost it. She frantically searched for that check, and she retraced her steps and looked everywhere trying to find that lost check. She finally found it between the car seats, but then she told her husband something that he, and myself would never forget. She asked him, “What if we had the same passion for lost souls as we did for finding that lost check?” Then she told him they were going to Church that night! What an amazing thought about looking for the lost sheep, the prodigal son, the hurting and those looking for a better way.
We are not looking to multiply for the sake of numbers, but because every soul matters. In 2 Peter, God tells us he doesn’t want any to perish, but for all to be saved, so we have to have that same urgency for souls as God does. I pray that God will use this simple message to help us all realize that at the end of the day we should simplify, testify, and multiply.
God bless you and if you would like to view the video of this message please visit Botkinburg Foursquare on Facebook and look for the video “At the End of the Day.”
Rocky Thomas is Senior Pastor, Botkinburg Foursquare Church