posted by Jonathan @ 4:13pm, Monday 19 June 2017.
We are limited by our own perspectives. We can't help it; we have nearly no way of knowing anything else. As we return to the USA for our home assignment I'm reminded of the importance of seeing the world from different views. It's our pleasure to report what God is doing in Nairobi; this helps us all remember that God's plan is broader than our limited perspectives. Even as we see tremendous difficulties for the Church and even general morality in the States, we can discover that God is doing exciting things in his world...and it's all moving forward according to his good plan.
God has not tired of building his church...he is building his church from every tribe, people,nation, and tongue in anticipation of the final rule of Jesus as King over all the earth.
Be encouraged—our God is big and He cares about the nations. He's a global God, and His ultimate goal is to gather a family from all the earth to worship Jesus, the King, who is worthy of our loyalty and adulation. God wins, and he is advancing! He is doing amazing and exciting things...in the Middle East, in São Paulo, in Southeast Asia, in Nairobi, and yes, even in the United States. Open your eyes; open your ears; be aware of God's work; get unstuck from your spiritual rut.
Renew your perspective. Moreover, engage in God's plan in your neighborhood. Make disciples—invest in others' lives. We are all called to intentionally walk with someone else to help them draw closer to God, in the context of his community, the Church. The Great Commission was not a suggestion. Christ's kingdom will not be built without obedience to the call to "Make disciples!" (Matt 28:19). That includes you! Engage!
God's plan is exciting, and you can participate in the Kingdom building. Hear the reports of God's work overseas, but don't let it stop there—commit to engagement. Pray for his work globally AND intentionally disciple others locally. Be encouraged: God is still building his church. Engage in the task!