Today I had the great privilege of preaching at The Lighthouse Church in Peachtree City, Ga. The pastor of the church, Mark Jordan, is an old buddy from high school, we reconnected through facebook and have had lunch a few times. It was encouraging to see what God is doing in the body of believers there. My desire was to share about our vision for Thailand from a theological perspective. The cool thing about talking to others is that you are also reminded of the greatness of God and the love of Jesus. Here are a few thoughts that crossed my mind again this morning. I will just give some bullet points. All of these points can be backed up with Scripture, but for this post I will just give the basic thoughts.
St Augustine prayed in his Confessions, “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”
God made us.
God made us for Himself.
Our hearts are restless.
They can only find rest in God, our maker.
We all have our own idols.
John Piper quote, “The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.”
We must cast down our idols.
We need Jesus.
We all worship. Do we worship God?
“Missions exists because true worship doesn’t.” John Piper
We need a savior.
The world needs to hear about Jesus.
We must go into all the world.
The following thought was not talked about this morning and I am not writing it because of the church I spent time with, it is a rabbit trail. Prepare for possible nitpicking.
I have heard and read many say that the “go” in the great commission, Matthew 28:18-20, is more of an “as you go”, do these things. This has been debated, but I don’t fall in line with the “as you go” thought, at least not for the way we “go” today. It comes across very passive. Now, if everyone was sharing Jesus even passively I might not take issue with it, but, in my opinion, we are not. And I stress we. I think it is more of a directive and command. We must go and tell people about Jesus. I need to wake up considering how I can tell others about Jesus and pray that I will take advantage of the many opportunities he gives me. I need to plan on sharing Jesus actively. It could also take away urgency and intentionally to just “as you go” share Jesus. It’s like a CEO’s wife asking him to pick up some bread on his way to work. His destination and purpose for leaving the house is work, getting the bread is an extra task he can do out of connivance and even love for her and his family. Work is essential for him, getting the bread could be delegated out or even renegotiated if his day is looking too busy.
So let’s GO! Let’s think of our friends and families that need Jesus. Let’s think and pray for those we don’t know and let’s go into all the world, equipped and ready to watch God break down idols and forgive sinners, setting them free and giving them rest and purpose.