Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Mission as Sharing Christ
v1 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
This passage delves into the renewed earth and how it will look like. It is evident that there are numerous changes that will be made during the reign of the Messiah. The way that this passage breaks it down is by the changes that will be made, how these changes will impact the people, and who His call is extended to. Verses 1-3 focuses on these changes as a whole. Christ will teach us his ways so that we are able to know and experience him better. He will “judge between the people” meaning that even in the presence of conflict, we have a fair judge whose will reign. The last component to these changes, is that there will be no wars. When Jesus reigns over the earth, there is no need for war and there is no need for battle. Therefore, the land will be ruled with righteousness and love. Verses 4 and 5 focus on how these changes will affect the people. Everyone will be focused on learning from Christ and the priority shifts from worldly matters to matters of Christ. “We will walk in the name of the Lord forever and ever” This verse indicates that even though some nations will walk in the name of their gods, we – the people united by Christ will walk in his path. In the last two verses, it becomes apparent that this call is not for those of a specific status. Christ’s call extends to the lame and the exile. He promises to bless his people abundantly.
Our mission on Earth is to embody Christ throughout actions, words, and deeds. Every day, we are exposed to those who don’t know Christ and have never experienced him before. It is our responsibility as Christians to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God. It is important that when we interact with people, whether it be at school, work, or even our homes that we reflect Christ. In these interactions, we don’t know if the individuals we come in contact with have ever experienced Christ. It could be through our relationship that they come to know Christ. This is such a beautiful and powerful experience. We are disciples of Christ and we have a responsibility to carry out his Word. How have we succeeded in the task that was given to us?
Lord, we thank you for giving us the responsibility to further your kingdom. We ask that you continue to guide us in your light that we may be more reflective of you. We ask that others are able to see you shine through us. We thank you for loving us and all those around us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.”
-William J. Toms
Silvy Thomas, St. Johns MTC, NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church