• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Remember the promise, pray the promise

Some of us push our trucks through mud to reach our ministry location.  Some of us battle urban traffic to be able to attend a national church planter meeting. Some of us spend large portions of our day trying to master the language of our people group.  Some of us spend large portions of our day just talking with people from our people group, looking for openings for spiritual conversation.

All of us, though, have one and the same objective: to lead people into relationship with Christ, to grow them  in discipleship, and bring them into a community of believers.  That is our ‘central ministry focus’, if you will: reaching, investing, equipping and releasing.

God does not promise us that each one of neighbors or friends will come to Christ.  We pray, we share, and we work to that end.  However, we don’t know whose heart will be opened to message of Jesus’s death and resurrection.  We pray in faith that God will lead to Himself some of those to whom we minister.

Last Friday, Dave (WT Africa) shared at a field gathering that there is a promise that God will fulfill and to which He calls us to pray.  The Apostle John put it this way: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!”” God promises that there will be someone from every people group standing and worshiping before the promisethrone of grace.  God will fulfill that promise and we can pray that promise to its fulfillment.

That assurance will get us up out of bed every day; remembering that God delights in the worship of His people, and that He is calling people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to that worshiping assembly.  We can pray that promise together as we work towards its fulfillment … to see some from among the Chom people, Italian urban dwellers, and the displaced Chinese of South America praising the Lamb before God’s throne.

2 Responses

  1. This is a GREAT reminder! Another promise that we as church planters can cling to is found in Jesus’ words… “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” I love that!

    • Dave’s devotional was a great challenge to pray in this direction. Maybe he’ll post more of the points he shared to this blog post.

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