5.23.2020 Multilingual, Multiracial Mission
Word for the Warrior May 23, 2020
Here’s a song for us this today
https://youtu.be/V6kOkIJV-0M the Family of God by Newsboys
The Multilingual, Multiracial Mission of the Church
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered believers in Jesus to praise God in many languages that they had not learned in the ordinary manner (Acts 2:5-13). Symbolically, this miracle reinforces the multilingual, multicultural, multiracial mission of the church. We are to be a community in which all people are drawn together by God’s love in Christ. As Paul writes in Galatians 3:28: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
Personal Implications: Although there are some glorious exceptions, it seems that the church has not, in general, lived out its multilingual mission. We are often divided according to language, race, and ethnicity. Pentecost challenges all of us to examine our own attitudes in the regard, to reject and repent of any prejudice that lurks within us, and to open our hearts to all people, even and especially those who do not share our language and culture. Yes, I know this is not easy. But it is central to our calling. And it is something that the Spirit of God will help us to do if we are available.
Jesus Christ gave His Church—this body of spiritually transformed believers—a responsibility to carry out. The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and make disciples throughout the world, teaching them exactly what Jesus taught (Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19-20).
The work of the Church continues; it did not cease when the original disciples died. At first the job of the apostles, the Church’s mission has passed to each generation of God’s people. Jesus promised to be with His followers as they accomplished that work until He returns at the end of the age (verse 20).
Notice the purpose for which Jesus Christ sent the apostle Paul to people in the world: “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).
Paul also said: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is God’s message of how salvation will be brought to mankind—starting with His Church.
The Church plays many roles in bringing salvation to the world. It stands as the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). It is the household or family of God (Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 4:17, NIV). It is the mother who nurtures God’s sons and daughters (Galatians 4:26). It functions as the “pillar and ground of the truth” in a spiritually confused world (1 Timothy 3:15).
Let’s look at the multifaceted responsibilities Christ gave His Church, His special people.
Paul describes the Church’s responsibility as “the ministry of reconciliation” because “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
God’s ultimate purpose is to gather—to reconcile—all mankind to Himself. The Church plays an important role in that worthy effort.
God has commissioned the Church to proclaim salvation to the nations. But proclaiming Jesus’ teaching about salvation is vastly different from bringing mankind to salvation. The latter will necessitate bringing the entire world to repentance and conversion. Only Jesus Christ can convert the world; that task will have to wait until He returns.
Wow, Abba Father, you gave us quite a task! In ourselves alone we could not do it—thank you for giving us a BODY of BELIEVERS to accomplish this – and you gave different gifts to each of us so we can carry it out, with the power & direction of the Holy Spirit! What an exciting mission! So, we present ourselves to you this day & say, “here I am, Lord, use me!”
In Jesus’ precious Name we pray, Amen