Missiology Through Scripture – Joshua 4:23-24

“For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” – Joshua 4:23-24

Our Lord is the God of miracles. Yahweh accomplishes the miraculous to point the world to himself. In the times of the apostles, they performed miracles to continue directing the world to God. Today, disciples of Christ are to perform good works to continue to point the nations, not to themselves, but to Jesus. All which is good in the world exists to allow the nations to have evidence of a real and miraculous God.

The elect have been blessed by God to distribute those blessing out into the world and share them with people groups who do not know him. The world should have no doubt our works of love and mercy point to a Creator who is greater than us. Walter Kaiser Jr. state, “The aim was to reach “all the peoples of the earth” with a knowledge of who God was and to give them evidence of the power of his workings. If men and women in all the earth would come to know these things for themselves, then they too would know what it was to fear him.”[1] If the world does not see God in our deeds we are not proclaiming him with enough vigor.

As we bear evidence of the Lord through our words and actions his glory is magnified. Any good work which does not point to the Lord is not good work at all, but instead, sinful acts intended to bring praise and glory upon ourselves. Even God’s blessings can be used for self-promoting sin. Be mindful, as you take your labors into the nations, you are serving God and not yourself. The difference rests in the condition of the heart. Serve the nations with your good works, and help the world see the amazing Creator who gave you the gifts you are passing along in his name.

 

[1] Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, Second Edition. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012), 20.

About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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