Living on Purpose Devotional - Week 4: 1 Chronicles 16:24, Matthew 24:14
1 Chronicles 16:24, Matthew 24:14
1 Chronicles 16:24: “ Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (ESV)
Matthew 24:14: “ And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (ESV)
Read the passages a few times and meditate on them.
The spreading of the Lord's name and fame is not a New Testament directive. It has been the plan since the dawn of history. God told Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” This creation mandate was to fill the world with those who enjoyed fellowship with God and followed Him in all that they did. We see all through the Old Testament that Israel was to spread the news of God and call the nations to worship Him.
Now that we know more of God’s marvelous works, namely the work of Jesus on the cross to bring forgiveness to His people, we all the more have the duty to spread the fame of God’s name among the peoples of the world, to tell of his marvelous deeds. No one is outside of the mandate of Christians to proclaim the Lord’s marvelous deeds.
The Gospel must be proclaimed where it hasn't been. The Lord has a plan for people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people group. There are those among them who must be brought into the fold, so there will be one herd under the Good Shepherd. That is God’s good plan, and it is what guides life on purpose.
Many people take the last half of Matthew 24 to be that once the Gospel is proclaimed to all people groups the Lord will return. However right this may be, it is too wide of a focus to propel us into mission. For whose sake is it important to reach all people groups with the Gospel? Is it for the sake of the people groups themselves? No. It is important to reach all people groups with the Gospel for the sake of those whom Christ has called among those people groups. Once all of the Lord’s sheep have been gathered, then He will return. Our motivation to take the Gospel to all people groups is for the sake of all of Christ’s people. Living a life on purpose means we have the lost sheep of Christ in mind. He will gather all people who will respond to the Gospel.
God’s mission is to bless and dwell with a people He has created, redeemed, and renewed for His glory, will you join Him?