In His Name

Mark 18:15-19

“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when the drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

I believe the Lord is calling us into a new season where, if we will have the faith to believe and partner with the holy spirit in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, that signs will accompany us on our journey of telling others about him.

The world is desperate for a touch, an encounter with their creator and savior now more than ever. They just don’t know it yet. People everywhere are attempting to fill the gaps in their heart with everything that the world has to offer, and depression, anxiety, and suicide are rising by the day. Many are questioning their god-given and god-ordained identity and even changing their gender to attempt to fill the places and spaces that only the blood of Jesus can fill.

Are we as followers of Christ partnering with God to spread the good news? Or are we focused on ourselves and our own goals/to dos/etc.? I believe that the Lord is calling us to look outside of ourselves at those who are lost, hurting, broken, rejected, depressed, isolated, etc., and shine the light of hope into their darkness. The scripture says in Romans 10,

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they beliee in the one of whome they have not hear? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they area sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

And what should we little christs preach? The verse above in Romans 10:9 tells us:

“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your hear that believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile- the same Lord is Lord of ALL and richly blesses all who call on him, for ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

It’s that simple.

But let’s reflect back on the verse in Mark. I have faith to believe that when we partner with God in sharing his good news, signs and wonders will follow. The dead will rise, the sick will be healed, marvelous miracles will appear, as it plainly says: “..the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”

The Lord has not left us to figure this out on our own. He sent his helper, the holy spirit, to be with us, to guide us, and to show us who to reach and how to partner with him to reach them.

I’m praying for a double portion of signs and wonders in the earth, for those who have taken up their cross to follow Jesus, and who are submitted to his will rather than their own. I believe that this day marks the beginning of signs and wonders as the gospel is preached throughout the whole world. There’s a remnant army rising to bind, loose, tear down, build up, and declare, “Prepare the way for the Lord.” He came to set the captives free. Let him use your life and your voice to speak his good news and his good plans for those in low places so they may be set free from the shackles of darkness and hell.

ps- this is one of my favorite songs, and it feels appropriate to share: Your Great Name

photo credit: Bruno van der Kraan, Unsplash

leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *