“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24.14 NKJV).
Many times we think of an apostle as the twelve who followed Jesus, including the Apostle Paul who met Jesus after His ascension. We are afraid to give the name apostle to anyone, thinking it can only be designated to someone perfect, holy and sanctified. However, what we forget is that each of God’s Children who have been saved by the Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross has been made perfect, holy and sanctified. We too have the Holy Spirit within us Who yearns to reach a lost world. The word, Apostle, is a Greek word used in the Roman Empire that means ambassador. It was designated to any Roman leader appointed to take new territory for the kingdom. This person would find foreign land and bring the culture, values and ideas of the kingdom to the people, adopting them and their land into the empire. We are all a part of the Body of Christ, and God will call each of us an ambassador to foreign land, bringing light into the dark places. We may not have the Office of Apostle, but we can definitely move in the gifting of apostleship. In our unique way, we can establish God’s Kingdom—whether with new business, families, books, evangelism, etc.—bringing God’s culture, values and ideas into all the far reaches of the earth.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5.16 NIV).
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