Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 14, 2016
Before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Revelation 7:9
Christ commands Christians to go into all the world and make disciples. The Lord’s vision is for all nations to come to know Him through faith in Jesus. There is a divine burden for the burden of sin to be lifted from those who need forgiveness. Our Heavenly Father wants all people around the globe to hear the good news of Jesus and to grow in a personal relationship with Him. Disciples are made by hearing the gospel, believing, and obeying Christ’s commands. Is your faith expression landlocked for fear of leaving your comfort zone? Have you experienced the joy of taking Jesus to other shores outside your homeland security?
Heaven will be populated with people from “every tribe and tongue”—reached because of the faithful carrying the gospel to far away places. The evangelist John paints a portrait of diverse ethnicity in eternity—one result of 144,000 Jewish witnesses taking the gospel of Jesus to the ends of the earth—sharing the good news during an economic meltdown and worldwide natural disasters. The Lord’s love reaches beyond all geographic borders to bring all cultures to Christ.
“I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).
Jesus states very clearly that He accompanies us as we go forth by faith to share His love. He energizes. He empowers. He engages. His Spirit invites the lost to Himself. His overseas mission mobilization is not limited to the few “navy seals” of the faith. All disciples are called to make disciples. Yes, there is spiritual preparation before you experience cross cultural missions. Make sure you are ministering to those in your home before you export your faith to foreign families. The Lord’s first opportunity to live out what you believe is with those who know you the best.
Moreover, manage your money well, so debt is not an obstacle to obeying God. Be free from the shackles of financial entrapment, so you are free to serve the Lord in different time zones. Perhaps you start with a short-term mission trip to “test the waters.” In fact, most will not be called to a permanent overseas assignment in disciple making, but many can travel temporarily. Own a passport, so you are ready to follow Christ’s command and make disciples of all nations.
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
PrayerHeavenly Father, grow me into a faithful disciple, so I can make disciples of all nations.
ApplicationDo I have a passport? When was the last time I used my passport for missions?
Related Reading1 Chronicles 16:8; Zechariah 2:11; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 13:47
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