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Of All Nations
Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Michael Covey

How is your prayer evangelism going? I have already heard reports of some of you having the opportunity to pray with coworkers. Great job! Continue to pray for opportunities and make the most of every opportunity given to pray for your neighbors. Prayer is primary.

Jesus’ next words in the great commission are, “of all nations.” This would have been initially radical to Jesus’ Jewish audience. The nation of Israel was trained and programmed to be concerned about the inside of their own nation, repeatedly they are told to purge the evil from among them (Deuteronomy 17:7). What outside nations were doing was not a concern to Israel.

We see throughout the Old Testament, the emphasis on mission is “come and see.” Aliens and foreigners were welcome to come and worship Yahweh the one true God of Israel, they simply had to come into the community and assimilate. God commands Israel to care for the aliens among them, Leviticus 19:34. But there is no emphasis on going to the outside nations for the purpose of bringing them in.

With the coming of the Messiah Jesus in the New Testament the mission changes from “come and see” to “go and tell.” The commission is to go to the nations and tell them how amazing Jesus the Christ is. The nations are not to be discriminated against or looked down upon, they are to be loved as neighbors and discipled as brothers and sisters. This goes for every single person regardless of age, race, gender, or culture. Every single person is to hear the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

One of the issues within the church is we still prefer the mission to be “come and see” instead of “go and tell.” If we function with the wrong mission we will fail to complete the mission. The nations are not coming into our doors so we must go and meet them where they are. The days of people coming to church because it’s the right thing to do are long gone. God has sent us on a mission to go to them.

What an opportunity! God has chosen you to bring his message of reconciliation to your loved ones. God has chosen you to declare his glory among the nations. God has chosen you to reach your neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ! What a blessing!

In Christ,
Pastor Michael Covey
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:15


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