God’s Global Mission
Isaiah 25-28; Hebrews 13
“As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O Lord. We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.”
Isaiah 26:17, 18
God’s purpose for Israel was that they would be his holy nation, a witness to the world of God’s salvation. However, Israel’s pride distracted her from this global mission; she became more focused on her own self-righteousness than on the salvation of the nations. This same self-absorption has been distracting the church from her mission in the new covenant to make disciples of all nations. Intercession without a missional strategy will give birth to “wind”. The peoples of the world are looking for life and salvation that no government, no education, and no amount of money can provide. Jesus Christ alone offers salvation and a relationship with God. He invites his people to both intercede with his prayers and go in his power to share his message of salvation with the nations. There is no greater calling or privilege.
“Lord Jesus, awaken my heart to your global mission, and my prayer and cooperation with your plans, for your glory.”