We’re in Galilee and staying by the Sea and are able to take in full the sunrises and sunsets. They are beautiful! But the history of Jesus being here is even more beautiful. Coming up from the Jordan River, he is sent into the desert, tested and comes out strengthened to do the Father’s will, to proclaim the kingdom of God is near. He does it in the surrounding small towns of Galilee, not big cities, but to the small in heart.
This has gotten me to think about the church and how we are trying to evangelize the world and do it all at once rather than one-by-one. When we reach one person for Christ, we then reach those who are in the path of that person. We may never know where our stories will end up being told and shared among the peoples. So, go, tell! This vaguely sounds like the commission Jesus spoke to his disciples before leaving them. The “go” in the commission is not just a command to wander out there where the people are, it is also a compassionate “go” because we understand and live as though those who are unsaved are worth saving. Will Graham writes about the cost to seek the lost because they are worth knowing the One True God and how they can be involved in His story.The “go” in the commission is not just a command to wander out there where the people are, it is also a compassionate “go” because we understand and live as though those who are unsaved are worth saving. Click To Tweet
Yes, we have a story to tell to the nations, one of grace, love, and truth. Start small — in your family and friends, then widen the net to those in the community, and then — well, you get the idea. I think often we or should I say I have such a longing to “save” everyone and that is not our or my task, it is only through relationship, being among the people that we will have our words and actions accepted. And this final thought, it is not we who save. It is God’s power that rises like the sun who will illuminate the darkness and overcome it.