Genesis 1:28—“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”
Acts 1:6-8—“So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?’ He replied, ‘The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’”
God wanted more human beings so that His name would be permeated throughout the Earth. In Genesis 11, humans became more concerned with fame and staying together than fulfilling God’s mission when they were building the tower of Babel, and we see that again in Acts 1 when the apostles were more worried about Israel than about what God’s mission for them was. Every believer’s mission is to spread God throughout the world. We as Christians tend to enjoy getting together, but we shy away from scattering in order to spread the Good News.
In the Bible, there is a “so that” clause that is incredibly important. Ephesians 2:10 says that Christians are created anew in Christ so that we can do what God has planned for us to do. Every human should experience and enjoy God, but we should also express God to the rest of the world. Psalm 15:1-2 says, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. Why let the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’” This is why our hearts are pumping, why blood is flowing through our veins—to fulfill God’s mission for us to be “so that” people, and permeate the Earth with Him.
1 John 3:11—“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
Love without action is meaningless, and action without love is just a dinner party. When the Church combines love with action, though, it allows people to experience Jesus, because we are being intentional about being “so that” people. Use what is already in your heart and in your hands. Leverage what God has given you to make an impact. Use everything you have to multiply yourself for His purpose. Each of us is a piece of the puzzle; no one has all of the gifts necessary to do what God wants us to do. Imagine what would happen if everyone came together and brought their piece to the puzzle!
Hospitality is simply showing kindness. When we show people that they matter to us, it shows them that they matter to God, too. Once we break down the barriers through hospitality, people can be more in the position to receive the message of Christ. Creating the right environments and being excellent in everything that we do show people that we care about them. Authenticity also breaks down barriers. Christians are real people, and the world needs to see that! People can see through masks—they know when we’re not being our true selves. We don’t need to be fake with the world—they need to know that we understand who they are and where they’re coming from, but also where they can be.
1 John 4:9-12—“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
The Church is supposed to be building bridges for people to walk across to meet God. Jesus had the audacity to lay down His life to build a bridge for us to get to Heaven, and our job is to show the world that bridge. We are here to express who God is.
Through Christ, the most unlovable people become lovable. We will all have challenging, troublesome times, but the “so that” clause shows that God will do what He says He will do. Fulfill that clause—permeate the Earth with God’s name.
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