"People of God, it's your responsibility, God is saying, to lift up My name to the nations—to all the people of the earth—and when you make a mess of it, I lose fame, God says. Have you ever wondered why God did that? He put his own glory at the stake of us frail, failing humans; He did it over and over and over again. It's the part of the genius of His plan here on planet earth: I want to use My people to spread My name among all nations. I'll do it in the midst of my people." (—Mickey Brubaker, based on Ezekiel 36).
Where did the Great Commission come from? Was the command to disciple all the nations a new idea that Jesus sprang on His followers before ascending to His Father?
At EXPLORE 2022, Mickey Brubaker led us on a fast but heart-stirring survey through the Scriptures, showing us God's heart for all the nations. What the apostles finally began to realize in the book of Acts was central to God's interactions with man ever since the beginning!
And it remains central all the way to the end: "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou was slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation (Revelation 5:9). It will come to pass—God says it will! And they'll be gathered around the throne from every nation they will see who He is. We have a job. We get to join the God of the universe in this task of making His name great among the nations. That's our job. That's what we're about. That's what He has called us to.
"Brothers and sisters, could we somehow pick up this vision and say, 'God, I want this to be the core of why and how I live: it's for You, it's for Your name, that Your glory would be spread across the earth from the rising of the sun to the west.'”
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