What does God want? The Creator of the universe, God eternal, the Alpha and the Omega; what does the Father of all creation desire?
The Bible gives us a clear answer to this question.
The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 HCSB)
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you. (1 Peter 2:9 MSG)
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us: Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (1 Timothy 2:4-7 MSG)
God the Father has a missionary heart. John 3:16 clearly describes God’s cosmic will for humanity: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. (MSG)
Here are some key principles to understanding God’s will on a global level:
- God sent his Son to die for the sins of EVERYONE.
- God sent his Holy Spirit to mobilize the WHOLE church towards the Great Commission task.
- God’s gospel will be proclaimed to EVERY people group by the WHOLE church, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
- God’s will for humanity in this world will only be complete when members of EVERY PEOPLE GROUP hear the gospel in a way that they are able to receive him.
- The church is the final priesthood available to a lost and dying world that still has not heard the gospel.
- The church thus far has failed to work as a unified kingdom force to share all resources available towards completing the Great Commission task.
- What we have lacked since the birth of the early church is UNITY.
It’s time, Church. It’s way past time for us to awaken to the Father’s Heart. It’s past time for us to say that the gravity of spiritual growth and maturity is on the shoulders of God’s undershepherds. For too long, we have delegated our Great Commission responsibility to a select few full-time missionaries. For too long we have been a fragmented kingdom force; small bands of independent groups attempting to accomplish what only a unified army can accomplish.
It’s time for us to work together. It’s time for us to surrender everything we have and everything that we are to the Father’s will. It’s time for us to share resources and ideas. It’s time for us to care more about lost people than our dogmatic differences. It’s time for us to share communities and church members and equip everyone for the Great Commission task. It’s time for us to let go of the past, die to pride and arrogance, and humble ourselves as a unified missionary force in this generation whereby every man, women, teenager, and child is trained and empowered to share Christ with the lost people in their relational networks.
As we continue this series of blog posts on church planting movement multiplication, let us never forget what is at stake: billions of people on this planet still have zero access to the gospel in their heart language. Apart from Christ, their lives and deeds are lived and done in vain.
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
(Matthew 6:9-10 NIV)
This blog post is the second in a series of at least 15 articles on church planting movement multiplication. To see how this section fits into the overall strategy to reach this world for Christ in our generation, please review our CPMM infographic: Go to infographic
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