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.