Apostle Grace Lubega
Jeremiah 28:14 (KJV); For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
Every nation is under some kind of yoke. Our theme scripture reveals one such instance when it says that there was a time when certain nations were under the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.
The yoke on a nation determines so much about it, including its economy, its family life and even its value system.
Sometimes, when we see nations struggling under the burden of poverty, it is not a matter of poor fiscal policies but the yoke that it is under. When governments pass laws that are against the natural order of humanity and the ordinances of God, it is because such nations are yoked by forces that seek to corrupt morality.
Our responsibility as the Church is to bring nations under one yoke, which is the yoke of Christ (Matthew 11:28-30). This is the reason why we preach the gospel. This mandate is explained in Romans 1:5, when the Bible speaks of the fact that “we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:”
When a nation is under the yoke of Christ, righteousness is exalted in that land and the gospel of Christ has free rein. When we give ourselves for the sake of the gospel, we do so with this great responsibility in mind.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 1:5, Matthew 11:28-30
GOLDEN NUGGET: Our responsibility as the Church is to bring nations under one yoke, which is the yoke of Christ.
PRAYER: My Father, I thank You for the mandate that You have placed upon me as a child of God. I thank You because every day, my spirit is opened more deeply to the responsibility of preaching the gospel. I rise to this mandate with diligence and resilience, to the glory of Your name and the expansion of Your kingdom, Amen.