"You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed." Matthew 24.6
Matthew 24 is not exactly a 'pink and fluffy' passage! It speaks about events leading up to the end of the world, and touches on subjects such as war and persecution. We all know only too well that at times we look at the news and events around us and are reminded of these words spoken by Jesus.
One of the reasons that it seems a depressing chapter is that there doesn't seem to be much we can do about it - but actually there is! In these tough times, we are told, "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world" (verse 14). It is not angels who are going to do this ‘preaching’, nor is just the work of evangelists - it is something for all of us to engage in as best we can.
Preaching the gospel of the kingdom is about proclaiming the good news of God's kingdom and revealing his heart. All too often, we can be put off from doing anything because we don't think we can do enough but all of us can do something to bring good news to the people we meet and the situations we face.
Spreading the good news can take many forms: doing small acts of service for people, encouraging a friend to go to church with you, offering to pray for someone (either in person or at home on your own) or mentioning that you find prayer helpful next time someone shares their anxieties with you.
You carry the kingdom of God within you – so where are you going to take it?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission