We had another Perspectives class last night, and once again, it was really challenging.
We heard from Todd Ahrend, who is the founder of The Traveling Team. Again, it was a very foundational lesson, pointing back to the Old Testament and seeing the heart of God for ALL THE NATIONS.
One thing that he talked about was how in the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He had this view- GOD-ISRAEL-NATIONS, and the Pharisees had the view of GOD-ISRAEL, and how we today have simply the view of GOD-ME. And, I felt like a lot of what was said went back to things that I had read in the book Radical by David Platt. God commands us to take the gospel to the nations, and we point to the things that He has given us as blessings (land, family, finances, a great name) as reasons why we cannot. Instead of looking at these blessings as a means to communicate the gospel with all people.
In Malachi 1:11, it says
“My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty
Revelation 5:9 says
And they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open it’s seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe, and language, and people, and nation.”
Our lives are meant completely for His Glory- and the story of the Bible begins with creation- God creating a people to glorify Him, and ends with representatives from every people under Heaven worshiping at His throne! This is the mission of God.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”