As I have prepared for the sermon tomorrow, the mind and heart of God toward missions has weighed heavy on my mind. I go back to the very beginning when God created this place called earth and placed Adam here with a definite purpose.
· Gen. 1:28 – “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” with what? We often associate this statement with having children, and that is part of it. I believe God had much more in mind when He stated this. Notice the next statement from the prophet Habakkuk.
· “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
We are familiar with Paul’s rendering of the mind of God on missions; “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1–4). The word here for “people – anthropon” refers to every individual, while the word “nations – ethnē” refers to people groups and is used 161 times.
What is the point of this? The point is to allow the Spirit of God to penetrate our hearts with this divine attitude so our energies are used in the right direction where God is working to reach those who have never heard the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). Whether we seek to reach one person with the gospel of grace, or a whole people group, we are expressing the heart of God which brings Him great delight.
“We have one business on earth – to save souls,” (John Wesley). God’s glory is revealed in salvation, as well as His power. This is our highest business!
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