“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16 – Redemption is the Purpose of Missions)
God raised Pharaoh up specifically to demonstrated His power. Egyptian people considered Pharaoh to be gods. The Exodus proved without a shadow of doubt that the God Israel possessed divine power, and He demonstrated His power in multiple ways, culminating with opening the Red Sea to allow His people Israel to cross on “dry ground,” and then closing the Sea which drowned Pharaoh’s powerful army. God’s deeper purpose in the Exodus was that His name might be declared in all the earth. Therefore knowing He wanted His name known in all the earth, provides authority for missions as Christians declare His name, love, and power. He is the God of all the earth, who acts so all peoples of the earth may know Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have in the past, will do today and also in the future, have a way for us to proclaim You as the God of this world. You are the God of all the earth, who acts so all peoples of the earth may come to know You. Lead us in our daily pursuit to serve You, to always follow Your commands. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Our limitations are made by us, not by God!”
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittal: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because it wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.’” (Jonah 1:1-3 – Redemption is the Purpose of Missions)
God called Jonah to a missionary venture—-to preach to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria and Israel’s prime enemy. God called Jonah to go to a different people with a strange culture and a foreign language. God was grieved over the wickedness of Nineveh. He gave Jonah a message of judgment, announcing His plans to destroy Nineveh. Jonah rebelled. He fled in precisely the opposite direction. God allowed him to retreat from the missionary call. When we seek to run away from the presence and the call of God, we can usually find others ready to help us escape. Jonah’s purpose was to flee from the mission to which God called him. In so doing he sought to hide from God’s presence. As we all know, such a step is always utter futility. The cost of fleeing is rebellion to God’s call and command always carries a price tag with is as Jonah would very quickly discover.
“The angel said to the woman (Mary Magdalene), ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” (Matthew 28:6-7 – Redemption is the Purpose of Missions)
Messengers for God must have only one qualification. God’s messengers are those who know the crucified and risen Christ by experience. By faith experience the forgiveness, salvation, and hope that comes from knowing the risen Lord. God calls us whom He saved to share the good news. It is our task—-not that of heavenly angels—-to share the resurrection story. Only sinners who have known forgiveness in the risen Christ can share the story effectively. For the power of the personal testimony, we look in John 9:1-5 (“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi,’ who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned.’ said Jesus’ but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’” Jesus rejected the view that all suffering was due to sin. Because the man was blind, Jesus had the opportunity to reveal God’s power. We do not have explanation about the cause of every case of suffering. We can look to see how God can work even through to achieve His purposes.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17 – Redemption is the purpose of Missions)
The missionary note running through the entire Bible appears also in this last chapter of Revelation. The short verse is a gold mine of information on the nature of missions. This message comes from the risen Christ, who is coming again soon (verse 12). The center of the message is from the eternal One (verse 13). The Holy Spirit’s role in missions is crucial and extensive (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 3:8; 5:32; 6:10; 13:2; 16:6-7). Here His role is to draw people to Christ. He joins in issuing the invitation. This work is in keeping with the role of the Counselor Jesus described (John 14:13-16). On countless occasions when the missionary or the evangelist preaches Christ and shares the Word, the Holy Spirit comes and prepares the heart so that the Word bears fruit, and unsaved persons are converted. The church, Chris’s bride, is also to join in the invitation. To be faithful to its calling, the church must go into the world to share Christ’s invitation with other people.
The Spirit and the church are to invite people to Christ. When we hear and accept the message of Christ we become part of the church, so we are also invite others to Christ. Our personal witness of what Chris has done in us is a powerful means of evangelism and missions. People who hear the missionary invitation must meet three conditions to receive God’s gracious offer of salvation. They must recognize their need, symbolized by thirst; be willing to repent of sins; and turn to Christ (Acts 3:19-20). The old story is still the good news. The invitation is open to everyone!