Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How God Views the World!

That is a very good question: Just how DOES God view it, with everything going on today? Does He view it any differently than He ever has?

God does not look at the world in terms of political boundaries, governments, or cultures. He sees sinful people who need to be reconciled with Him through Jesus Christ. He sees a whole world that needs to be evangelized. God views the world with a divine purpose in mind. It is a purpose and plan for the world that He established before the beginning of time. (Ephesians 1:9-10, Ephesians 3:11) God’s eternal purpose is to gather all sinful people to Himself through Jesus Christ. Through His written word, He has revealed to us the purpose which for many years was a mystery. In the Bible, there is a natural example illustrating how God views the world.

Jesus said to His disciples: “Don’t you say, there are still four more months, then comes the harvest? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest.” John 4:35 CSB

Jesus was not speaking of the natural harvest in the fields stretched before them at the moment He spoke these words. He was speaking of a spiritual harvest. Jesus used the example of the natural harvest to give His followers a spiritual vision of the world. On another occasion, Jesus clearly stated: “The field is the world.” Matthew 13:38

Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, Europe, the islands of the sea—these are all seen by God as a great harvest field. As God views the harvest field of the world, He also sees a great need: “The harvest is abundant but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37

God sees a great spiritual harvest ready to be gathered. But there are few laborers at work. If your view is that of God’s, then here are our instructions from the Word of God: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  Matthew 28:19