May 25, 2018
“I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.” Artist/writer/filmmaker Derek Jarman
“Doctor, if I put this here guitar down now, I ain’t never gonna wake up.” Blues guitarist Leadbelly
“One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.” Alfred Hitchcock
“This is no way to live!” Groucho Marx
“Snooks, will you please turn this way. I like to look at your face.” Reporter O.O. McIntyre to his wife.
“You’re the only one I like.” Composer Percy Grainger to his wife.
“I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” Leonardo da Vinci
“You are wonderful.” Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to his wife.
Some of these people didn’t know these would be their last words. Some wanted to leave the world with a laugh. Others clearly spoke in their final moments what was most important to them.
We listen to last words. And we remember. And if there was a directive, we try to carry it out, especially if that person was important to us.
So it makes sense to look at the One who is most important to us, and ask what were His last words to us before He returned to Heaven.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
As Jesus physically left our world what was most on His heart was…us. He wanted to impress upon those left behind the importance of sharing the hope of the gospel. He knew that without that sharing of the gospel we would be eternally lost. Our salvation was what was most important to Him. So His last word to those who knew Him was, “Go.”
Mark recorded the reason Jesus gave for this command:
“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.” Mark 16:15-16
Without Christ there is no hope. But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14
In 2017 over 10 million children world-wide gained the hope of Christ as they accepted Him as their Saviour through the ministry of CEF! Over ten million! Because of you, some of those were Ontario children! Our neighbours, our friends, our children. What a great privilege it is to be part of God’s work in reaching the children of Ontario!
How can you live out Jesus’ last words to us? I would love for you to come back to CEF and continue sharing the hope of the gospel to Ontario’s children! But there are many ways we can take the gospel to the world. It could be with us, a mission’s trip, or living your faith out loud in the workplace. I urge you to prayerfully consider what God would have you do with your summer.
As you do, please pray for the summer ministry of CEF. Ask God to send us enough summer missionaries to reach all the children He wants to reach through our ministry this summer. Jesus said, “It is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:14)
Keep seeking the Kingdom!
(All last word quotes are from http://mentalfloss.com/article/58534/64-people-and-their-famous-last-words)
Coming this summer to a back yard near you! Christian Youth In Action sharing the gospel with the children of Ontario! YOU TOO can be part of this great mission! Get your application in now! And share this opportunity with your friends who also have a heart to see children reached with the gospel!
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