Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Mission as Sharing Christ
Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. (vs. 4, 5)
Throwing it back to my twelfth grade class last year, I can recall my Sunday school teacher asking a question along the lines of: Would you go to Syria to spread the Word to those who are struggling and to those who don’t know who the creator of this universe is? I remember not immediately raising my hand because to be honest, who would willingly go to a place where a civil war is happening with violence occurring on a daily basis?
Chapter 3 of Micah ends with “no hope”, as Micah prophesies: “Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble (v. 12).” But, Micah 4 stirs up hopefulness in someone who will save Jerusalem, the Messiah, who will overcome all His enemies. Verse 3 in this chapter explains that nations will not want to fight each other any longer, and that they will have no need to train for conflict. Forwarding to verse 4, the "vine" and "fig tree" are mentioned, which signifies that there will be no need of a covert if there is war; men will be safe even in the fields and open air. Each person will sit under his own fruit trees, implying that everyone will be peaceful and content with what they have. If and/or when we are sent out to the world, we will be watched over. To imply, there will not be fear any longer. There is fear that comes because of God’s punishment, but, that fear will disappear.
Hillsong’s ‘Man of Sorrows’ depicts the life of Jesus from when He was denied by the ones He loved to when He resurrected after being crucified. The bridge of this song is a reminder of John 3:16, the Covenant of Grace. This part of the song is also amplified in the last stanza of the song, which shows that Jesus didn’t go through all the suffering and mocking from authorities for no reason, and that because of God’s sacrifice for the world, we have eternal life.
Back tracking to the question given to my class, we shouldn’t think twice concerning whether we should share God’s love to those who haven’t witnessed His mercy yet. A lot of people in this world need compassion and love. As Jesus commanded His disciples to go out to the world, we also, must share Christ.
Prayer: Lord God, help us to be able to spread Your love to those who do not know You yet. Help us to trust in your Word and live fearfully in all that we do.
Thought of the Day: Christ has allocated us to share His love with others. If we can’t spread God’s Word, then who will?
Stacy Mathew, St. John’s MTC, New York