Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016: “Whosoever” Is Me

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 48  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Steve Green singing People Need The Lord… declaring truth of God’s great commission … that we need to GO and share the Gospel with all the “whosoevers” of the world.

Highlight Passage:   Matthew 28: 19a [NKJV] …  
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, … 
… To share the good news with EVERYONE
Highlight Context – Matthew 28:16-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Christ’s great commission for His disciples (all of us) is to “GO” and “make disciples” of all the “whosoevers” in the world

Reference Passage #1 - John 3: 16 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…That “WHOSOEVER” believes in Him will have everlasting life … WHOSOEVER!!!

Reference Passage #2 - Acts 1: 8 [NKJV] …  
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
 … God gives Joshua the success formal in following His will.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, used an interesting story to illustrate his teaching on the “Great Commission.” He wrote: Charlie Sifford is an important name in American sports. He became the first African-American playing member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour, joining a sport that, until 1961, had a “whites only” clause in its by-laws. Enduring racial injustice and harassment, Sifford earned his place at the game’s highest level, won two tournaments, and in 2004 was the first African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Charlie Sifford opened the doors of professional golf for players of all ethnicities. 

When I was a young golfer in High School and College, I was angered and inspired, as with many stories of personal sacrifice in the 60s, as the truth about racism became known and the doors began to open to the “whosoevers” of the world, like Charlie Sifford. Doors of opportunity began to be opened to men like Sifford as the walls of racism were torn down. And the beat of that drum still goes on today.

 And really that’s the essence of what Jesus declared to His disciples when our Lord left this earth to return to heaven. In His charge to be His witnesses, in Acts 1:8 and in the Great Commission (see the highlight passage above), Jesus said we, who call ourselves by His Name, were to carry the good news of the GOSPEL to all the “whoseovers” of the world.

 And we read who the “whosoevers” were intended to be in John 3: 16, don’t we? And when it comes to sharing Christ’s message of redemption and salvation, NO ONE is to be excluded!! … And therefore, that included - PRAISE THE LORD - me! Yes, as the name card photo attached indicates, … My name is “WHOSOEVER!” … And so is yours! Yes, … our Lord came to save all the “whosoevers” of this world; and then He charges all the “whosoevers” He has saved to go out and share His good news with all the other “whosoevers” of the world.

 And maybe we’ll have an opportunity, or a divine appointment, to meet a “whosoever” today and share our Lord’s message with them.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Let me share You with a “whosoever” today. … Amen  

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