Staying Focused Around Land Mines

As I get ready to preach through the Olivet Discourse in Mark 13, these words resonate:
“The most important thing that Christians have been called to do is to preach the gospel to all the nations (13: 10). When the Son of Man comes, he will not quiz people to see whose predictions on the date were accurate. He will want to know what we were doing. Were we proclaiming the gospel to all the nations? Were we enduring suffering faithfully? Were we fulfilling the assigned tasks? Those who have been asleep on the job or buried in the task of trying to map out the times rather than carrying out the mission will be more than just embarrassed; they will be judged. That is why Jesus warns his disciples to be on their guard (13: 9)” – David Garland, NIV Application Commentary

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