How do we live a worthy life? Many philosophers deeply thought about a contributive life for the sake of all mankind, rather than a self-centered, egocentric life. Montesquieu, an 18th-century French philosopher, uttered these famous words: “If I knew something beneficial to myself, but harmful to my family, I would drive it out of my mind. If I knew something advantageous to my family, but injurious to my country, I would try to forget it. If I knew something profitable to my country, but detrimental to the human race, I would consider it a crime.”
Montesquieu said that if anything was profitable to himself, but harmful to others, he gave it up without any hesitation. God forsook everything to bring the greatest benefit to all mankind. Now, let’s think about our mission for the sake of all mankind, looking at God who came to this earth to save the world.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned- Ro 5:12
All men must die because of sin. The span of their life on earth is nothing but trouble and sorrow. Sooner or later, they have to confront death. To deliver them from death, God came to this earth in the flesh.
“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’ s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn 6:38-40
“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. … I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. … unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn 6:47-54
Everything that God taught while on earth was extremely beneficial for all mankind. As written in Romans chapter 5, death came to all men, because all sinned. To give eternal life to mankind, God came to this earth as the bread of life. He promised His flesh, which He sacrificed to save the whole world, as the Passover bread, and His precious blood as the Passover wine (Mt 26:17-28). Death reigns over all humanity because all have sinned. In this situation, what can be more meaningful and profitable for men than to redeem them from death?
Christ brought the good news of salvation-the new covenant-that men, suffering under the shadow of death, had eagerly waited for. Every day, He never stopped praying and preaching the gospel, in order that He might give eternal life to men through the new covenant and lead them to the kingdom of heaven. He willingly forsook His own safety and peace to open the way to eternal life for all peoples on the earth. By doing so, He directed them away from eternal hell and toward the kingdom of heaven.
Christ Himself came to this earth and became the bread of life to lead mankind to the eternal kingdom of heaven, leaving His own joy and happiness behind. By shedding His precious blood for the forgiveness of sins, He opened the way to eternal life. He is God our Father and Mother.
There are still so many people who live only for worldly goals, not knowing that Elohim Gods have come to this earth and opened the way for them to have life.
So God asks us to go into all the world and preach the good news of eternal life to all people.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” Eze 3:17
God has made us watchmen to wake up the people of the world and told us to warn them from Him. This mission entrusted to us by God is to “fulfill the work of salvation for mankind through the words from His mouth, as His hands and feet.” We should not neglect our life on earth. In addition, we must preach the word of life to all nations, because it is the only way to bring them hope for heaven and eternal life.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mt 28:18-20
God came down to this earth to seek and to save His lost children from heaven. From a spiritual viewpoint, our home is heaven; we are aliens and strangers here on earth (Heb 11: 13). God came down to earth from heaven, such a far away place, to preach the good news. We ought to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all peoples.
All the nations of the earth are waiting for the gospel of salvation. The world evangelism entrusted to us today is a messianic mission like that of Christ who came to save the world. Our heavenly Father and Mother have called us and entrusted us with the task of saving the whole world. How can we reject this mission?
“Go and make disciples of all nations.” Through these words, we can hear Father’s voice saying, “Quickly come work with Me.”
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” Jn 5:17
God is still working for the salvation of mankind. And He persuades us to go with Him to work. “My Father has been working until now. Let’s work together. I will take the lead in world mission. Quickly come work with Me.” This is the last word entrusted to us by Christ.
The will of the Father is that we shall lead all the peoples of the world into eternal life and the kingdom of heaven by teaching them God’s laws and decrees. For this, our Father has been working without rest for over 6,000 years. This is what we have been called and sent to do.
We should preach the gospel to the whole world, just as our Father does. Our Church, the Church of God, inherits the spirit of God and His work. We must not forget that the work we are doing surely brings blessing to the world. It is really worthy of pride.
Those who work with God will also live with Him in the kingdom of heaven.
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” Jn 12:26
God is in heaven, and at the same time He is with us wherever we work for the gospel. We are God’s children following God who administers the universal gospel from heaven to earth.
If God is on the spot where world evangelism is carried out, we also ought to be there with Him. Those who work with the heavenly Father and Mother for the gospel will also be with Them in the eternal kingdom of heaven.
Our life is but a moment. After life on earth, each one will stand before God and be judged according to his works-whether or not he has lived a profitable life for mankind. An example is found in the parable of the talents and of the minas.
He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ … and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, … The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth…’ His master replied, ‘… you wicked servant! … Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’…” Lk 19:12-26
This is the scene where God evaluates how much each of us has contributed to mankind through gospel preaching. The Bible clearly shows us that the person who has contributed much to mankind will be given more, while the one who has buried his talent and done nothing with it will be deprived even of what he has.
God Himself came to seek and to save the lost. As the children of the new covenant who have inherited God’s flesh and blood, we should also save the world. We must not be like the wicked servant who just kept the one mina and was rebuked for his laziness. Pursuing the benefits of our family, neighbors and country rather than our own pleasures, we should share God’s grace given to us with others, so that we can all joyfully receive God, shouldn’t we?
There is an old Korean tale of a rich man. One day, he posted a written notice that he would select his daughter-in-law. The task given to the candidates was to live on three does (1 doe=0.47 US gallon) of rice for a month, along with two servants. Many girls participated in the test, but they lasted only a couple of days, even though they ate very little.
Another girl took part in the test. The rich man let her dwell in a gate house, along with a maidservant and manservant. Unlike the previous girls, she cooked up the rice and made rice cakes on the first day. Thus she ate up three does of rice within one day. Then she made her manservant gather firewood and her maidservant look for needle work for pay in the neighborhood. She diligently worked with her servants and bought rice with the wages she earned. After one month, the barn was filled with grain and there was plenty of firewood stocked up. The rich man was struck with admiration for her and made her his daughter-in-law.
In fact, the rich man disguised his son as the manservant and made him watch the girls, so that he could select the one, who was capable of helping his family prosper, as his daughter-in-law.
When God selects the gospel workers, He will not want the ones who bring about the loss of the gospel. When He gives us talents, we need to think how we can make a profit with them and do what brings blessings to mankind. Then our talents will increase. God looks upon us, and increases our talents according to our works.
Like the faithful servant who gained ten additional minas (pounds), like the wise girl who increased a family’s property by displaying her talent to manage a household, we should please God by using our talents for Him. If we offer constant prayers to God and bear abundant fruit, we will all be commended by God in the everlasting kingdom of heaven.
Now God has opened the hearts of all the peoples of the earth, and He wants us to run to them without hesitation. Even though God alone can do everything, He has provided us opportunities to participate in His work. God has already prepared everything, and now He tells us to just go. So, let’s go and receive the blessings prepared.
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him-those who cannot keep themselves alive. Ps 22:27-31
The Bible says that all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to God and the whole world will bow down before Him. God has made all the families of the nations remember and turn to Him. What if we don’t believe the perfect word of God? We will fail to put into practice the will of God, and He will give all the portions, assigned to us, to those who strive for blessings like Jacob.
We are the people of prophecy. We must not just wait for heavenly blessings without doing anything, like a man who waits for an apple to fall to the ground under the tree. Rather, we should believe the prophecy and put our faith into action. Then everything will be fulfilled. Let’s all strive together to save the world, continually praying to God and moving speedily in accordance with the prophecy.
When God entrusts us with a mission on His behalf and sends us into the world, He surely gives us the strength to carry it out. In the time of Cyrus, king of Persia, God went before him and broke down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron (Isa 45:1-4). Likewise, if we believe the prophecy and go to preach, God will move the hearts of those who hear, so that they may be touched by our preaching even though we do not speak a language fluently.
Let’s preach the gospel of life to our neighbors who have not yet been saved, and to the peoples of the world who are waiting for salvation. We shall preach God’s blessed and life-giving word to all, regardless of nation or race, and lead them to the way of salvation. By doing so, we will receive great blessing like the man who gained ten additional minas, when our Father settles the gospel accounts. May you always inscribe Father and Mother’s will deeply in your heart! God bless you!