There is only life in the Kingdom of God Print
Written by Rev. Lowell Avery   

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the Gospel of God. "The time has come," He said. "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel." — Mark 1.14f

I, for one, am looking forward to the day when the Kingdom of God is fully come and there is no more death of any kind, especially abortion. I know that before God all sin is horrible, but I cannot imagine any worse crime against a fellow human being. We all bear the mark of sin from conception, but there is no human more helpless and less worthy of death than a child in the mother's womb. If there is any motivation for me to ask the Lord Jesus to come quickly, even while working to call more into the kingdom and to help us all become more and more transformed into the likeness of Christ, seeing abortion end is it.

I believe I am also looking clearly at our present situation when I say that until Jesus returns, the process of providing maximum protection for the babies in utero will be difficult, probably slow, and may involve significant persecution. If you participate, expect God's blessing (Matt. 5.10ff). And remember, official government protection of unborn babies may be one of the last steps in reducing the carnage.

So what do we do in the present?

As citizens of the US, we have an obligation before God to exercise our political stewardship by participating in the government through voting, through seeking to influence others to vote in favor of pro-life candidates and measures, and if called to public office, through the godly exercise of one's available power.

As subjects of the King of kings and Lord of lords, we have an even greater stewardship: the Gospel of God. The revival of Christ's church and a Christian awakening in America will be the surest way to protect babies. It is the humble but bold and persistent proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel, prompted and powered by the Holy Spirit in response to the humble but bold and persistent prayers of God's people that will wake the church and heal our land.

Therefore, my friends and co-workers in Christ, pray!

Pray that we would all remember, gaze upon, and be encouraged by our glorious Lord: His humble birth, His humble but powerful and pure ministry of word and deed, His humble submission to a cruel, unjust death, and His glorious and powerful victory over the grave and his ascension into heaven. Let us set our minds on the things above and thank God that somehow He has already seated us with Christ. Let us rejoice that when He returns in glory there will be no more death.

Let us also pray that we would clearly see, by contrast, our present poverty and weakness. Let us name our sins (especially fear, complacency, and idolatry of our wealth and pleasures) and weep and mourn over them, fasting and humbling ourselves by confessing before God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let us humbly pray for the grace to turn from our own sins, to be transformed into Christ-like servants of God . . . Let us pray for attitudes and patterns of generosity and grace in our lives, opening our hearts, our purses, and our homes to those in need. Let us pray for revival to the core in Christ's church.

Let us pray that those who have power to influence and make life-affirming decisions in our culture would in fact do so: parents, educators, business owners, entertainers, coaches, and government officials. Let us pray that God would raise up more godly leaders.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to bring opportunities to declare the saving Gospel of God. Let us pray for wise boldness: to declare the presence of the life-giving Savior and Lord, and to urge those trapped in the culture of death to receive Him and be set free. Let us pray for men and women, boys and girls to awaken to Christ in large numbers in our land and across the world.

And let us keep praying for parent-like faithfulness to urge and help new disciples to live life-affirming lives, . . . Let us pray that each church teach its members that the Holy Spirit speaks to us truthfully in the Scriptures, and that when the Bible refers to babies in the womb He is pointing to their humanity. Let us pray for pastors to live and speak the truth in love: calling the churches they serve to live joyfully as citizens of the Kingdom of God and not to give in to the darkness of this world; . . . living as children of the light; declaring boldly the Great Commandments and the Great Commission in all their troubling, life-changing power.

Let us pray, and never stop praying until we see Christ face to face and there is only life.

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