As Jesus walked the dusty paths of first century Palestine, his purpose was clear. His words and life were a portrayal of good news—the Gospel. Mark, the Gospel writer, put it this way, “. . . Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:14,15). As followers of Jesus, we have heard, believed, submitted to, and experienced the Good News.
Our Navigator Calling statement describes what we do. It begins like this: “To advance the Gospel of Jesus and his Kingdom . . .” We long to see the Gospel advance and permeate every place and heart!
The Good News we see in the Scriptures points to the person and saving work of Jesus, and it points us to his Kingdom: the reign of God and his Son. Jesus spoke often of the reign of God. The Gospel speaks of the work of God in human lives, drawing us into His reign and into His redemptive work. I love Paul’s words in Colossians 1:12,14 “. . . giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
In the Gospel we have redemption, but we also have this wonderful exchange of Kingdoms! We are no longer captives of the kingdom of darkness, but instead are His children in the Kingdom of the Son.
It is exciting to see the expanding ministry of the Navigators. What is most exciting is the expansion and advancing of the Gospel—of Jesus and His Kingdom.