VISION: To see all people groups worshipping God.
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.” (Psalm 22:27–28). “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” (Psalm 67:3).
These are some verses, among many others, that drive our vision. Those in heaven who will join the eternal anthem, “Worthy is the Lamb” will be “ransomed…for God from every tribe and language, and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). I can’t think of a more exciting pursuit to work toward than God being worshipped for eternity by every people group around the world.
John Piper reminds us in an article he wrote, God’s Call to Leave This American Mess, October 31, 2016, “God has far greater purposes for the worship of His Son, Jesus Christ, among the nations of this world that cannot be hindered by anything that happens in America.”
In John 4, the disciples were concerned about material things such as food. “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). We should be greatly challenged by this statement when we think of all the ‘earthly’ pursuits that consume our energy, time and resources. I would risk saying that most of us need to change our focus. How do we do that? Jesus gave the answer; “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest” (4:35). When we change where are hearts are looking, we will want to do God’s will and finish His work so all people give Him worship.
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