This was the charge that the Apostles were given by the Holy Spirit and this is something they took deadly serious. Many brave and courageous souls sacrificed whatever they had, including their lives, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest figures in the group came to his belief in Christ only after first having been a brutal antagonist against the new and growing religion. His name was Paul, originally Saul of Tarsus, and in his earlier years he made his living persecuting the new believers in Jesus Christ, paid by the Temple to hunt them down like dogs and bring them back to the High Priest for severe punishment. I guess you could say he was a bounty hunter of his time.
But something happened to him on his way to Damascus to look for Jews who were accepting the Christ. Some say he was struck directly by lightning, others say it was a dream or a vision, but whatever it was, it had an immediate impact on the man. He was blinded and helpless, he couldn't see to find his way. But he was helped to Damascus where he stayed without sight, fearful that his ability to support himself was over. And he was also wracked by the event itself. What had happened and why?
Well, those of you who are fellow Christians know the answer as well if not better than me. God works in mysterious ways, and He picked Saul of Tarsus, who would later become Paul, since he would be a shining example of how even the most vile sinner could "See the Light" and change. And when He sent a message to the Disciple Ananias, who was in Damascus, to go to a street named Straight and inquire about Saul, Ananias did so and went to see him, laid on his hands, and Saul was again able to see. And what he saw was the error or his ways and he immediately accepted the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.
Paul literally became a traveling salesman for Christ. His job was to go outside of the early Church that was based in Jerusalem and expand the Word to all points that he could humanly reach. He made three extensive trips throughout the Eastern and Northern Mediterranean, spreading the message that Jesus Christ was alive and that through Him all mankind could find eternal life. He was frequently beaten, stoned and scorned on his travels through Syria, to Cyprus, what is now Turkey, Greece and parts of the Balkans, and ultimately to Rome where he was eventually put to death. But through all of his travels and struggles, he kept the faith and saved thousands. And his missionary journeys were the beginning of a movement that spanned the entire Globe an continues with fervor today despite the persecution and suffering that many Christians still face.
When I read the Acts of the Apostles, written by Luke, as well as the many letters written by Paul to the peoples of many cities and regions along his route, I sometimes feel ashamed of myself for not being a better fighter and voice for My Savior to whom I owe my all. And I hope there are others out there who feel the same way. Folks, I think we are going into a phase of the world that could be the beginning of the End Times, but even if it's not, we need to stand up and fight for Him and never show fear or discouragement. That is what he expects from us and we need to live up to it.
So, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we need to become modern day Apostles for Christ, devoting ourselves to Him and the Word, for by doing so we will not only reach salvation for ourselves, but we will spread the Word to the many among us who know not what they are missing. It also offers the opportunity to generate a rebirth in America of our very Christian foundation, a foundation based upon the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, words to live by with real freedom and opportunity. Onward, Christian soldiers.
Are we up to the job ahead? Time to get started for the future is now. Live for Him, Love Him and Worship Him.