Monday, December 01, 2008

Where are the signs?

Most Christians are familiar with the Great Commission that is recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. However, the gospel of Mark also records a "great commission" given by Jesus before He ascended. Here is how it reads: 
15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." - Mark 16:15-18
This passage of scripture is almost a combination of the "Great Commission" in Matthew 28 and the instructions given by Jesus when He sent out the disciples in Matthew 10. But, why don't we see much expression of these signs today? In fact, why does there seem to be such a noticeable lack of expectation of these signs in the modern church? If these signs are supposed to accompany those who believe, then why aren't they commonplace in the church and in the lives of Christians today? I don't know about you, but I sure see a need and a relevance for driving out demons and healing the sick. 

Are we selling ourselves short? Have we settled for a watered-down Christianity? Have we become so accustomed to eating only the crumbs that we have missed the feast which has been prepared for us? 

I say, let's live out the fullness of the Great Commission by making disciples, teaching them to obey the commands of Jesus, and also taking real ground from the enemy today by driving out demons and healing the sick. Let's expect the signs and wonders to accompany us because we are children of God, follows of Christ Jesus, and people who believe. 

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