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Reading the Bible as a ‘missional worker’

In his meeting with the two travelers on the road to Emmaus, Jesus “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [he] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”  (Luke 24:27)

Any worker who has a missional mindset or a missions heart reads the Bible through these “glasses”: knowing that Jesus is the main theme.  From Genesis to Revelation, the biblical text points to or speaks of the One who would come to reconcile us to God and who would entrust us with this ministry of proclaiming reconciliation to others.  It’s all about Him.Google Glass video user guide

The focus on this unifying theme is at the base of much oral storytelling of the Bible or progressive Bible study working from the Old to the New.  However, is it really true for us as missional workers?  Are we as enraptured by this truth as we are passionate to share it with others?

The image of the Exodus originally drew attention to the need for deliverance from physical slavery (Exodus 7:16), but Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration talks of His “exodus” (Luke 9:31) being the means by which He would provide deliverance from the spiritual bondage of sin.  This is the message our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors need to hear.

Yet, we need to hear it as well.  Our hearts need to be caught up again with the wonder of His all out effort to redeem us, to buy us back for Himself from our rebellion and turning away from Him.  A missional worker must draw his/her resources from this well.

Here’s a thought: take the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 14) or the notion of the priesthood (Numbers 1:13) and write down how Christ and His work is exemplified as the truth of this event or idea is run through the entire Scriptures.  Then stop and give thanks to God for Christ’s work in this way and ask Him to apply it strongly to your life again today.

 

 

 

 

One Response

  1. “.. caught up again with the wonder of His all out effort to redeem us, to buy us back for Himself from our rebellion and turning away from Him.” What a great reminder – and very timely. Thanks David.

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