The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 5 April 2019 – Preach the Gospel
TOPIC: Preach The Gospel
READ: MATTHEW 4:12-17 King James Version (KJV)
12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Following the imprisonment of John, Jesus went and lived in Capernaum. His time there was so effective that the conclusion was that those who sat in the region of darkness saw a great light. It was by His lifestyle that Jesus preached first.
How did He live that people around concluded that Light has dawned? Are you living out the principles of God’s word in your environment? Can those around you conclude that your life is bringing the light of the word of God to them?
Verse 17 tells us the beginning of our Lord’s ministry among men. He began to preach and to say, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
It is important to note that there is no work as important to the souls of men as the preaching of the gospel, no office as honourable as that of the preacher. It is the office which the Son of God was not ashamed to take up, the office to which He appointed His twelve apostles and the work which Paul, in his old age, charged Timothy to do. It is for the conversion and edification of souls. We must keep praying for Nigeria that the preaching of the word will go unhindered.
And because of the importance of preaching in the Church, nothing must be placed above the preaching of the word.
Prayer: Father, please give Your Church great utterance for the preaching of Your word in these last days.