The message of John the Baptist was “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). The Kingdom was coming then in the Person of the Saviour; it was a spiritual Kingdom, the reign of God in the hearts of men. The Kingdom is coming soon; it will be a visible Kingdom when the King returns and once again our message should be “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Christ’s message to the church for this hour is “Repent.” But who dares to call the average Sunday-morning congregation to repentance? Said Joseph Parker: “The man whose message is ‘Repent’ sets himself against his age and will be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man…off with his head! You had better not preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.”
YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU OUGHT
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
I can do all things though Christ which strengtheneth me.
Paul did not mean that he could do anything he wanted to do or some foolish thing. He could do all things that God wanted him to do.
We can do anything we ought to do, anything He wants us to do. And that leaves plenty of room for miracles! There is wide latitude within the limits of God’s will. We shall not feel cramped.
There is much we know is God’s will without making further inquiry. There is more of His will that opens up as we trust and obey. He would not ask us to do what cannot be done. But it is done through Christ, who keeps on pouring His power into us. His strength is made perfect in weakness, “that the power of Christ may rest upon us.”
We can do all the work that is within His will. He who said, “Go ye,” said, “Lo, I am with you,” and “All power is given unto me.”