Tuesday, March 13, 2018

God's Agenda Is Bigger Than Yours

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.
(Ephesians 1:10)

Often times we come to God and we submit our lives to Jesus and we purpose in our heart that we are going to live good lives according to the bible.  That is all well and good and we should do this.  But there is a bigger picture that God desires us to see.  Jesus' discipleship of his followers was not just to live a 'good' life, it was to prepare them to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  

God's agenda is so much bigger than our lives.  From the master key of the Bible - 

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.    (Luke 24:45-47) 

 - we can understand how God views the World. He does not look at the world in terms of political boundaries, governments, cultures or our individual desires to live the 'good life'. He sees sinful people who need to be reconciled with Him through Jesus Christ. He sees a whole world that needs to be evangelized.

God views the world with a divine purpose in mind. It is a purpose and plan for the world that He established before the beginning of time:  

Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him. (Ephesians 1:9-10)

According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:11)

God's eternal purpose is to gather His  people to Himself through Jesus Christ. Through His written Word, He has revealed to us this purpose which for many years was a mystery.

In the Bible natural examples were often used to teach spiritual truths. That which is natural is something we can observe with our senses. We can see, hear, taste, smell or touch it. That which is spiritual can only be observed with spiritual senses. So in order to teach a spiritual truth with which we are not familiar, God uses a natural truth with which we are familiar.

In the Bible there is a natural example illustrating how God views the world. Jesus said to His disciples:  

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)

Jesus was not speaking of the natural harvest in the fields stretched before them at the moment He spoke these words. He was speaking of a spiritual harvest.   Jesus used the example of the natural harvest to give His followers a spiritual vision of the world.

On another occasion, Jesus clearly stated:  

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (Matthew 13:38)

Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Europe, the islands of the sea. . . these are all seen by God as a great harvest field. As God views the harvest field of the world, He also sees a great need: 

Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; (Matthew 9:37)

God sees a great spiritual harvest ready to be gathered. But there are few laborers at work.

Will you become a laborer for God?

(Biblical Studies)


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