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Missions: God’s Blessing

This month we are going to look at Missions. Typically we expect to go right to the Great Commission in Matthew 28 about ‘going to all the world’. But the idea of missionary work did not just begin in the New Testament, it has been part of God’s plan all along. Missions is part of our purpose in God’s great plan. When our lives align with God’s plans, when God’s church is in line with the purposes of God, then we are prepared to receive the blessings of God. All the way back in Genesis Chapter 11 the stage is set for this idea of missions. Here we find the story of the Tower of Babel. We gain insight from this passage as to the origin of the over 3,000 languages that exist today. We read in Genesis 11:4 that man wants to make a name for himself at the expense of God. God responds in accordance with his righteous nature and punishes those who have sought their own glory. The Sin of the tower of Babel is followed by the punishment of scattering the people and scrambling their language. Here we see that instead of one unified people, God has separated the people into peoples, ethno-linguistic units. Following the Tower of Babel, God traces the genealogy of Abraham back, even before the tower of Babel, back to the flood. This is followed by the glorious message of salvation and in Genesis 12:1-3 which becomes the Biblical foundation of Missions.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

The “and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” is the crucial, often neglected and central aspect in understanding the purposes of God. We have a responsibility that goes hand in hand with our blessings. When Abraham obeyed God we read how God responded. Genesis 17:18 “And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.” Today as believers in Christ we are Abraham’s offspring. We are called to obedience and faith. Obedience is part of Abraham’s call. This obedience goes right along with Abraham’s blessing. We didn’t get where we are today without obedience and faith. God has tested us over the years as he tested Abraham. God now says in vs 2, “I will make you a great nation”. God promised Abraham to have so many offspring that you could not even count them. Obviously God’s blessing to Abraham meant more than the here and now. Galatians chapter 3 tells us that God was giving the Gospel in advance to Abraham. All those who believe in Jesus and are justified by faith are the children of Abraham. So why has God blessed us? Is it simply for us to count our blessings? I hope by now you can see the answer! God has not poured out His blessing on us for us to stockpile them. God has called us out, set us apart to bestow his great Love on us. But there is much more than only that. God has blessed us for the same reason He blessed Abraham, to bless all the families of the earth. Jesus reconfirmed that God has blessed us to bless others when he gave us the Great Commission. Jesus told us to “Go and Make disciples of all Nations”.

The great commission is more accurately a call to reach all people groups rather than to reach political nations. The great commission is a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham to bless all the families. The great commission is to go and make disciples of all these peoples. (nations). We are the instruments through whom God has chosen to bless the families of the earth. Why did God bless us? It is for us to be a blessing to the ethnic groups of the earth. Evangelism is not enough for the road ahead. It is missions, going to bless the unreached peoples that is needed. To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 4:48). God has redeemed (blessed) us so that, the blessing of Abraham may come to the Gentiles in Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3:14) He has blessed us to be a great blessing by bringing Christ to the unreached peoples.



Pastor Rich


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