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(Part 182)


January 30, 2020

Today’s readings:
2 Samuel 7:18-29
Psalm 132:1-14
Mark 4:21-25

Israel was special to God. “What other nation on earth is there like your people Israel?” (2 Sm 7:23a). Now we Christians are the new Israel. We are God’s special people, inheritors of the covenant. And we, as Missionary Families of Christ, as a part of the Church, are intended by God to do His great divine work.

David said of Israel: “What god has ever led a nation, redeeming it as his people and making a name by great and awesome deeds, as you drove out the nations and their gods before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt!” (2 Sm 7:23b). How can this relate to MFC?

  • We too have been redeemed for God Himself from our enslavement in the world. We are “of Christ.”
  • We too have been brought together as a family of families, as the body of Christ on earth. As
    “Families,” we have been redeemed as His people and are led by Him.
  • We too are sent on mission. As “Missionary,” God does great and awesome deeds through us and drives out the false gods of nations.

Now God has done much good in the world through the mission of MFC. This is as God intends. It is not due to our own abilities or strength. “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house, that you should have brought me so far?” (2 Sm 7:18b). We have gone far simply by the grace and power of God.

But there is more! “And yet even this is too little in your sight, Lord God!” (2 Sm 7:19a). Especially as God has given us a new name which describes who we are and what we are called to do. The vision has become clearer. The mission is intended by God to become more intense. The next generations are already in place. Our work is until the Lord returns once again. “For you have made a promise regarding your servant’s house reaching into the future, and giving guidance to the people, Lord God!” (2 Sm 7:19b).

Indeed, our God is so big, so strong and so mighty. “Therefore, great are you, Lord God! There is no one like you, no God but you, as we have always heard.” (2 Sm 7:22). Now this great God chooses us, calls us, appoints us, anoints us, and sends us. If we act in accordance with His will, then we are destined for greatness.

But there is a downside. If we do not act according to His will, then we can lose it all. “To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mk 4:25). God is about an urgent work in the world. He calls and gifts people, and those who respond to the call will be blessed and will prosper. Those who do not or who do not strive to give God their all, making full use of their gifts, will lose their anointing and their gifts taken away, to be given to others who would do God’s will. So God uses us, and as we allow ourselves to be used fully by Him, God moves us from glory to glory. In effect, “the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you.” (Mk 4:24b). There is still more. It has been over 38 years, but we have not yet experienced the fullness of what God has for us.

Into a world of darkness, God has sent His light. He is Jesus the Savior. We are servants and soldiers of Jesus. Our light must shine forth. “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?” (Mk 4:21). Did Jesus touch our lives, transform us and appoint us just to have us look only to our own well-being, using our gifts and resources only for ourselves? Just to have us live lives not in contradiction to the world? Just to continue living in a world dominated by the evil one and not oppose it? Just to look to the welfare of our own families but not to the salvation of all the children of God?

Let us look to David, that holy warrior. “How he swore an oath to the Lord, vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not enter the house where I live, nor lie on the couch where I sleep; I will give my eyes no sleep, my eyelids no rest, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’” (Ps 132:2-5). Let us as MFC give priority to God’s work, and not rest until God’s dominion is established over the world.

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