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As You Go
5/22/2018

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

There are many who view the story of Jonah as nothing more than a big “Fish Story.”  They cannot allow themselves to believe a man could be swallowed by a large fish, only to be regurgitated three days later upon a beach. And yet Jonah was the only prophet that Jesus identified as a symbol of Himself (Matt. 12:40-41).  

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is hereMatthew 12:40-41 (NKJV)

This story — however hard for some to believe — is in fact, an historical record of a prophet of God.  Jonah chose to refuse God’s call for him to go to Nineveh on a missions trip to warn the people of God’s impending judgment for their sinful lifestyle.  Jonah couldn’t stand the thought of the Ninevites being spared — he thought of himself as being above them.  In Jonah’s mind these people were not worthy of God’s grace and forgiveness. 

As Christian men and women we can learn a lot from this story.  We should never be so prideful as to pick and choose who we feel is worthy of God’s grace.  We should be obedient to God’s commandment for us to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ, which calls for us to preach repentance.  And we should never feel as though we are better, or somehow more worthy than the worst of sinners, because we are not.  

Jesus told His disciples to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” and we are given this same commission.  Our very neighborhood, schools, and workplace, are the mission fields.  There will be opportunities everywhere we go if we are willing and obedient to be used by God.  The mission field isn’t relegated to a certain location like Africa, or China; it is right where we are, or as Jesus said it is, “As you go.”

And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matthew 10:7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to allow God to use you wherever and/or whenever. Don’t be an anti-missionary like Jonah chose to be — choosing to run in the opposite direction when you are given the opportunity to be used by God.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 10:7, where was the destination for the Disciples of Christ to preach the Gospel message?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to answer your calling and allow God to use you today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer each day and ask Him to bring you the opportunities, wisdom, and strength to share Jesus with others.   

PRAYER:  Father, thank You for the testimony of Jonah.  Thank You for showing me what can happen to a wicked civilization if we are obedient to speak the truth.  Help me today to be strong and bold in sharing the message of the cross. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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