Reaching the Nations

This past Sunday Larry Lyman challenged us to finish the job begun by giants like Wycliffe and Tyndale – the job of bringing the word of God to every tribe and language on the planet. The job is huge, but so are the promises of God…

For example, this morning I was reading Psalms 86. Read verses 8-9, “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.”

Does that do anything in you. It does to me. First, it a reminder that there is no God like our God. That’s been the theme of the whole semester! Secondly, it calls to memory all the great things God has done – things as huge as creation, redemption, the building of a global community of faith, and the what he is doing in my life personally (I am his workmanship, as are you). This should raise in us an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Next, it gives us hope, rock solid confidence, that all the endeavors of Christ’s church and all the labors of missionaries throughout the ages have not been in vain – All nations shall come and worship and glorify God’s name. The scene, a scene repeated in Revelation 7, gives me hope, energy, fuels my prayers, and excites and stirs something deep in my soul.

I admire and am thankful to God for men like Larry Lyman, and I pray that God would raise up more giants even from among our community of faith.