And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
As according to the words and promises of Jesus, the Gospel message of the kingdom of God will continue to be preached forth here on earth till He returns.
However there is something else Jesus said which is rightfully applicable in the context of Christian ministry and Gospel outreach –
Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:16)
As in any operations, there will be considerations on “how” things are ought to be done. Take for example the insurance company, there are rules and conditions to be met to ensure insurance policies do not lapse. The word “COMPLIANCE” is an important fundamental issue in the insurance industry.
With regards to “Life Insurance” among all other insurance policies, it deals with human life here on earth and it contains strict terms and conditions to be complied with. Life Insurance companies engage “Compliance Officers” to check and make sure policy holders stick to the rules and conditions because it is that important.
Now with regards to the Gospel message and the kingdom of God, we are dealing with both our current life here on earth and our future eternal life with God. Not just about this current life here on earth in our current time frame, but life beyond after our human death in this earthly body.
Therefore how much more should we be concerned about “COMPLIANCE”?
Life insurance policy holder exercise compliance to ensure their full pay-out when the times come. Therefore for us Christians and disciples of Jesus who are waiting to receive our eternal rewards from God, how much more should we exercise compliance?
Jesus did warn us about the possibility of losing our rewards, place and position in the kingdom of God. So if Jesus Himself warned us about it then why would any Christians in his / her right mind take for granted that we will not lose it?
We need to stick to the rule as according to Jesus’ teachings and warnings, which means not according to the rules of this world.
The teachings and educations of this world do not warn us anything about losing our place and position in the kingdom of God. In fact the ways and practices of this world do not have the end objective of ensuring we enter the kingdom of God.
Social sciences of any world government are about human survival here on earth, full stop, that’s it.
Jesus’ messages have the end objective that we enter the kingdom of God and stays in it forever. The kingdom of God is eternal and we who enters into it we continue into eternity with Jesus.
We must not forget Jesus’ messages contain many “beware”. These are warnings to make sure we stay with Jesus, keep our fellowship and relationship with God, and eventually keep our inheritances and blessings in the kingdom of God.
For Jesus to signal out such warnings, it simply means there will be many opportunities for defaults and eventually losing one’s place and position in the kingdom of God.
Jesus even specifically warns us that as the time draws nearer to His return, deceptions and defaults will be even more rampant! For whatever reasons it may be, Jesus warned us that –
it is our duty and responsibility to stand firm with Jesus,
it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we stay close with Jesus,
it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we keep our fellowship with Jesus,
it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we love Jesus by keeping His commandments,
it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we walk in the will of God,
it is our duty and responsibility to make sure we do not fall away.
Eventually it is our choice, our will and our decision to remain with Jesus from now till eternity. It is true that our salvation and redemption which God provided for us through Jesus is not of our own works and credits, but it is our duty, responsibility and practice of faithfulness to keep what God provided for us.
For example someone gave you a key to the house, it is your duty and responsibly to make sure you do not lose it. If you lose it you cannot enter the house.
The history of the Jewish people as recorded in the Old Testament have provided us living examples and warnings – when they break the rule they lose their inheritance.
Do you think God have changed the rule? The answer is a definite no –
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)
Jesus was that serious about how we should enter the kingdom of God.
The Apostle Paul also warned us not to be conformed to the pattern of this world; apparently the world we live in is flooded with deceptions and distractions –
deceptions and distractions which steals our attention away from Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which steals away our faithfulness towards Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which steals away our love for Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which steals away our desire to serve Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which short-change our commitment towards Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which corrupts our faith and trust in God,
deceptions and distractions which damages our fellowship with Jesus,
deceptions and distractions which eventually kills our relationship with Jesus.
deceptions and distractions which destroys our place and position in the kingdom of God.
Therefore how do we make sure we are on the right path entering the kingdom of God and remaining in it with Jesus?
“COMPLIANCE” – we need to exercise compliance with regards to the warnings and teachings of Jesus. This is our best guarantee that we are disciples of Jesus. This is our best guarantee that we make sure we stay within the kingdom of God.
Jesus explained about relationship between a master and his disciple. Apparently a disciple who consistently practices compliance will not go against the master’s will.
Non-compliance will leads to rebellion and revolution, which means going the opposite direction of the kingdom of God. Non-compliance will result in people not entering the kingdom of God.
Therefore in these last days as the Gospel is being preached forth in the midst of rampant deceptions and defaults, we need greater effort to emphasis on concurrent compliance. Christian ministry need to comply with all the teachings and warnings of Jesus to make sure people are in fact and actually heading into the kingdom of God.
An example of non-compliance the recent same-sex ruling in the U.S and Christians who redefine sin to support LGBT and marginalized Jesus’s commandment for repentance. When people begin to redefine sin there will be no end to human errors in rebelling against the will of God.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (Matthew 7:13)