Matthew 4:19 "And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

It’s God’s Will to Spread the Gospel – Reflection on Matthew 4:19

Matthew 4:19 “And He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Reflection In the words of the Lord Jesus we see what God expects of and entrusts to Peter and Andrew his brother. They two brothers with other apostles spread out the gospel of the Lord Jesus after He finished His work. That made the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus dispersed to the whole world, which is indeed the same as the Lord Jesus said to make them “fisher of men”. Of course, the Lord’s word is also God’s expectation and commission for everyone who follows God nowadays, that He hopes after accepting God’s gospel, we can listen to, practice and equip ourselves with God’s words, experience His work, and then spread the gospel. It is the mission of every Christian to take more those who belong to God back to Him, just as God says: “Can you express God’s disposition of the age in suitable language that has age significance? Through your experience of God’s work, can you describe in detail the disposition of God? How can you describe it fittingly, appropriately? So that through this, others can learn about your experiences. How will you pass on your seeings and experiences to those pitiable, poor, and devout religious believers who hunger and thirst for righteousness and are waiting for you to shepherd them? What kind of characters are waiting for you to shepherd them? Can you imagine? Are you aware of the burden you shoulder, your commission, and your responsibility? Where is your historic sense of mission? How will you serve as a good master for the next age? Do you have a great sense of masterhood? How would you explain the master of all things? Is it really the master of all living creatures and all substance in the world? What plans do you have for the progress of the next step of work? How many people are waiting for you to be their shepherd? Is your task a heavy one? They are poor, pitiable, blind, and at a loss, wailing in the darkness, ‘Where is the way?’ How they yearn for the light, like a shooting star, to suddenly descend and disperse the force of darkness that has oppressed men for so many years.” “You must know that when My work is expanding, I will scatter you, and I will strike you just as Jehovah struck the tribes of Israel. All this will be done so that My gospel may be enlarged over all the earth, so that My work may spread to the Gentile nations. Thus, My name will be magnified by adults and children alike and My holy name will be exalted by the mouths of people from all tribes and nations. In the final era, I will have My name magnified among the Gentile nations, make My deeds seen by the Gentiles so they will call Me the Almighty, and cause My words to soon come to pass. I will make all people know that I am not only the God of the Israelites, but the God of all Gentile nations, even of the nations I have cursed. I will let all people see that I am the God of all creation. This is My greatest work, the purpose of My work plan for the last days, and the only work to be fulfilled in the last days.” God’s words express His eager desire to save man, which enable us to feel God’s love to us, and to see that many who live in the darkness wish to seek the light, and that there are also many who still have no knowledge of God and need to gain God’s salvation. Faced with God’s commission, we shall imitate Peter to offer up ourselves for the expansion work of God’s gospel.   » You may be interested in reading more: • Spread the Gospel – Faith Grows in the Midst of Setbacks • What’s True Faith in God? » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The Gospel Messenger”-Preaching the Gospel of the Last Days

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Grasping the 4 Key Elements, You Will Serve God’s Will

As servants of the Lord, we all want to satisfy Him, but most of the time we have no path to practice and have no idea how to serve the Lord’s will to become a confidant of Him. This article “Grasping the Four Key Elements, You Will Serve God’s Will” will show us the way. Firstly, we must possess a God-loving heart, be able to be considerate toward the Lord’s will, be of one mind with the Lord in all things, and work hard to be the Lord’s intimate. The Lord Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). These words are the commandment that the Lord Jesus requests us to observe, and it is even more His requirement for each who serves Him. The Lord asks us to have a heart that loves Him and to do our utmostto pursue being His intimate. Take Peter for example; he gave up all worldly things to follow the Lord and receive His commission, never considering or planning for his own future; he was of one mind with the Lord, and sought to satisfy His will in all things. After the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to Peter, just as it is recorded in the Bible, “He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my sheep.He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep” (John 21:16-17). Peter was loyal to the Lord from beginning to end. Thus, the Lord Jesus hoped that he could be one who loved Him, and entrusted him with the heavy responsibility of shepherding the flock. After that, Peter always had the Lord Jesus’ words in his heart, and willingly spent his lifetime energies pursuing a true love of God. He was considerate of the Lord’s will and focused on satisfying Him in all things, and persisted in shepherding the Lord’s flock even in persecution and tribulation. In the end, Peter was crucified upside down for the Lord, obeying God unto death and loving God to the utmost. So Peter was exactly a person who was of one accord with the Lord as well as the confidant of Him. If we want to be qualified to serve the Lord, we must take Peter as our exemplar, pursuing knowing and loving the Lord, and being considerate of His intentions in all matters; besides, in performing service, we should sacrifice ourselves for the Lord’s work, for honoring Him and bearing witness to Him, and satisfy His will wholeheartedly without considering or planning for personal interests or seeking what’s good for ourselves. Then our service can be in harmony with the Lord’s will. Secondly, we must seek the truth in all things and be able to grasp the Lord’s will, cooperate closely in the work of the Holy Spirit, and keep pace with the Holy Spirit’s work. Seeking the truth and grasping the Lord’s will in all things is not only what the Lord wants of every believer, but even more what every servant of God must enter into and practice. However, when preaching and working or encountering some problems and difficulties, most of the time, we do things in our own way, without the slightest intention of seeking God’s will. Sometimes even if we seek the truth, we just go through the process and can’t achieve any results. For example, when seeing our brothers and sisters growing cold in their faith and love, some pursuing the trend of the world, enjoying fleshly comforts, and some even abandoning the Lord and betraying Him, we just focus on outward actions, taking all types of measures to support them and exhort them, and think that it’s enough as long as we have done what we are supposed to do. However, we pay no attention to seeking and grasping the Lord’s will, and never consider what the source of these problems is, and what we should do to revive the church and put God at easeand satisfy Him. If we never try to figure out and seek out the Lord’s will, then we will only stray farther and farther from God, feel dark and dry in spirit, be unable to touch the Lord’s presence and guidance, and have no path to walk. However, if we always focus on grasping the Lord’s will, then we will easily receive the enlightenment and guidance from the Holy Spirit, gradually be able to see through the problems and difficulties occurring in the church, and be clear about how to perform the work of serving the Lord properly, what principles should be grasped in our service, and how to fulfil our duty properly and satisfy God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our might. In this way, our human ideas will be lessened in performing our duty, and we will no longer rely on our own notions and imaginations, ability, or inner quality to act; our relationship with God will become normal, and the duty we perform will be in line with God’s will. For example, when facing the problem of the church’s desolation as well as many believers becoming passive and weak and pursing the world, we, as servants of God, should do more to seek the Lord’s will and requirements. If we find the root cause of the desolation in the church, then we will know how to help our brothers and sisters recover their faith in the Lord. We know that now…


What Is Truly Doing God’s Will?

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Testify God, Recently, there’s something I’m not clear on. I have communicated about it with many brothers and sisters, but finally, I didn’t get a positive result. Just when I didn’t know what to do next, a sister recommended your website. She said that while she was surfing online, she saw that your fellowship and answers were very enlightening and contained an insightful view about the Bible in reply to questions from brothers and sisters, and that her questions were also resolved through your website. So, I hope that my questions will also be resolved here. A few days ago, while we were studying the Bible, we saw the Lord Jesus said: “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). My understanding of this verse is: Not everyone can enter the heavenly kingdom, but those who are able to serve and sacrifice, work hard for the Lord can enter. Most brothers and sisters agree with my view. However, some brothers and sisters have a different acceptance; they think those who are able to sacrifice and spend for the Lord may not be able to gain the Lord’s approval. They took the Pharisees as an example and said: The Pharisees labored for the Lord, but later on they joined hands with the Roman government to crucify the Lord, and were punished and cursed in the end. After hearing their words, I felt what they said made sense, but I also felt my knowledge may not be wrong because over these years the pastors and elders all said like this, and we did as they told us. So, I am very confused: What on earth does doing the will of heavenly Father refer to? Is working hard doing the will of God? How can we do the will of God? I feel it is very important to resolve these questions, because it directly concerns whether we can be raptured into the heavenly kingdom. If we have a wrong understanding, not only will we walk the wrong path and ruin ourselves, but we will bring brothers and sisters onto the wrong path. When the time comes, it will be too late to regret. Therefore, I want to seek out an understanding of the truth in this aspect as soon as possible. Please communicate and answer these questions as quickly as possible. Thank you. Xuehua Dear Sister Xuehua, We have read the post you forwarded. From it, we can see you are willing to seek the truth. Your questions are very important. The Lord Jesus’ words are all the truth, and all have their inner meaning. If we are just satisfied to understand the literal meaning of the words, but don’t know what the words are getting at, it will be easy for us to take our own way. For example, if something we have done is obviously not in accordance with God’s will and is against God’s requirements, yet we still wrongly believe that practicing like that is precisely doing the will of God and is obeying and satisfying God, and as a result, we are cursed and punished without knowing the reason. In that case, it will be too foolish and pathetic! So, the most pressing matter is seeking and understanding the truth of this aspect as soon as possible. We also have a very limited understanding of God’s word, so we can only communicate some of our experiences and knowledge, hoping to bring you some help and benefit. May God lead our following communication! The Lord Jesus said: “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Mat 7:21). As for this verse, most brothers and sisters believe that as long as we dedicate our entire beings to God’s work, bear hardships, and work hard for the Lord, then it is satisfying God. For this, some choose to offer more and do more good things to prepare good deeds; some choose to spread the gospel more to save more souls; some even choose to serve God for their lifetime, never to marry; and so on. We pay a great price and are never tired of doing so. In truth, these practices only mean we have outward good behaviors, and only represent that we have a true heart of faith in God; yet they don’t represent our doing the will of God. That’s because doing the will of God mainly refers to following the way of God. As we all know, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees in the Age of Law served God in the temple all year round, and traveled over sea and land to spread God’s law; they also suffered many hardships, and their spirit of suffering and sacrificing and outward godliness made us feel ashamed. If we measure the Pharisees according to man’s conceptions and imaginations, they should be approved by God and can be called those who do the will of God. But the Lord Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. … Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to white washed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Mat 23:15, 27). Through the words that the Lord Jesus condemned and cursed the Pharisees, it is not difficult to see: Though the Pharisees suffered and spent and had external good behaviors, they didn’t obey God’s word or keep God’s commandments. When they exalted the Bible and spread the laws, they brought people under their names; they outwardly preached the laws, but secretly devoured widows’ possessions; their hard working completely wasn’t for loving and satisfying God, and all that they did was…

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