THE WIDENING FIELD

“May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him”.

Ps 67:7 NIV

One of the great characteristics of the Christian faith is that it has a strong emphasis on the future. Nearly two thousand years before Christ God had spoken to Abraham saying, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; … and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen 12:2,3 NIV). Right back then God was pointing Abraham to the future – God’s future. God’s dream was future greatness for his people and a significant place in the world of nations. This tiny group of people were to influence the world. To this day Jerusalem is often thought of as “the centre of the world”. And it is the “home” of three world religions – Jews, Christians and Muslims.

It all began with God blessing them, Israel. And he went on blessing them. He showed them his favour and went on showing them that favour until others came to hear about it and wondered what kind of a God this was. When those “other” people found that this same God would favour and bless them as well, they came to respect him, and in the archaic word of the Old Testament, they came to “fear him”. That meant that God became their God and they became his people. It paved the way for the world-wide mission of the Christian church which was to follow after Pentecost.

If God has blessed you, count your blessings and look for ways to pass on the message of Christ’s salvation both within your church community and in the wider field of the world and of society. The church exists for those outside it. Introduce them to God’s blessings.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Wider still may your blessings flow.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

I lift up all teachers and preachers to you Lord as they prepare to lead their congregations in worship today. Remind them that they are charged to feed the flock of Christ. Help them to convey the Bible’s message and to bring Christ to people. I ask it in his name. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 3:13–17

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