by Marjan Dekloe
originally preached in Golden Valley Church 23rd May 2010
God has a BIG MISSION HEART!!! He is not satisfied with just reaching the Jews; He wants the Gentiles as well (Acts 14:27 “… He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.”) That’s good news for us! He wants everyone to come to Him. That is His heart; He does not want that anyone perish. He is the God of the Nations. He loves the nations! We can clearly see that in Psalm 2:8 “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance….” This is Gods desire; He wants to give His Son all the Nations as His inheritance! All Jesus had to do was to ask. And what does Jesus do? He involves you and me! We can find that in Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the Nations, baptizing then in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Jesus wants to do it with us and through us. I find that amazing!
“God has only one Son and He made Him a Missionary” (David Livingstone). Jesus had a mission mandate on His life: “And she (Mary) will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) His call has cost Him everything. Mission can be costly; are you willing to pay the price???
When this is God’s heart, it should be our heart as well. If you will let Him, He will stir it in your heart. I think God is very clever; He knew that mission is not for one or two people who feel called to go somewhere. Mission is for the whole body! You can’t do mission on your own. You need one another. That is why no one is excluded. Maybe you can’t go. Well, that’s fine. But there are things you can do. Maybe you can give, so that others can go. Maybe you can write; when you are away it is great to get mail! In that way you can let people know that even when they are away, they are still part of the body. And how about praying? We can all pray. Ask God which part He wants you to play. Ask Him to give you vision for what you can do and how you can be involved.
In Acts 1:8 it says “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” That sounds like neighbours and nations are equal. We can’t sit back and say “Well hey, good for those who are called, but that’s not for me!” Mission is not a journey abroad, it is a lifestyle. “I am on a mission” is part of my life, every day. Nations and Neighbours together.
“When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion.” What is in my heart when I see the multitudes? When I see my colleagues at work? Do I have a hard heart; that is a heart without compassion… I have to ask God to soften my heart. Why? “The harvest truly is plentiful – but laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. ” (Matthew 9:36-38). Do you want to be part of that??? I do!!!
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