“The Lord had said to Abram, Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis12:1-3)
God’s purpose and actions provide the ultimate source for our missionary teaching and actions. Chapter 12 moves beyond the universal primeval history of God’s dealing with all humankind to electron of an individual person and nation. Through personal contact, judgment, and the flood, God had sought to bring humanity into willing, loving relation with their Maker.
People continued to rebel, however. Finally God took a new direction. With Abraham, God began to carry out His purpose through one one man, one family and his descendants. The seed thought of missions is here. All nations are to be blessed in Christ Jesus—-the God-Man, Son of Abraham, and Son of David as well as Son of God. From the beginning, God loved the whole world.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, as Abram was asked to go forth in faith, so are each of us to do no less. Genesis reveals to us God’s plan of maturing His people in His Word and to go forth in the world to take His Word into our every day world. Abba, You have given us the tools we need to do missionary work and also Your Spirit with which to discern situations and give us advice. Now, it is our turn, to do what other generations have done in the past. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Redemption is God’s recycling plan!”
“I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.” (Genesis13:16)
God’s election of Abram had a purpose. Through Abram’s seed all nations would be blessed (12:1-3). God’s election also brought Abram the promise of land acquisition so the elect nation would have a homeland. Election of Israel thus rested on God’s initiative and promise, not on human action or merit.
“But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about the great city?” (Jonah4:11)
The biblical teachings on mission rests on one foundation: the unique, all-encompassing love of God. Human see other people and feel envy, hatred, pride, and need for revenge. God looks at people and see helpless need and hopeless evil. The call to mission is a call to share God’s perspective on the world, recognizing the spiritual needs of those with the greatest material wealth and the strongest political power. We answer God’s call to go when we share His love of spiritually bankrupt people.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of he miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:11-12)