Friday, May 18, 2007

What Is A Nation?

I recently had lunch with a friend. We were discussing the various ways we minister to those around us.

She related a story to me. She volunteers with girls that are in the juvenile detention system. While she was there one time, they were discussing the Great Commission. The King James Version puts it this way "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..."

What comprises a nation?

Here locally, during a recent election, a nearby town voted on whether or not landlords can rent to undocumented immigrants. The town has a very diverse population. They were divided on the issue

What comprises a nation?

When I was growing up and memorized Matthew 28:19, I thought I knew what a nation was. "Go ye therefore" meant go...go away...go far, far away. And "teach all nations" well that meant all those other 'unchristian' nations way across the sea from where I lived.

What comprises a nation?

In that juvenile detention center, speaking to those girls held captive, girls from many different ethnic backgrounds...my friend discovered the meaning of a nation.

Nation...the root word for 'nationality'...

What comprises a nation?

Just up the road in that nearby town, people are learning about each other, learning how and why people come here without the proper paperwork, learning how being from a different nation doesn't make you any less in need for His love.

Nation..the root word for 'nationality'...

Our Loving Lord tells us to "Go ye" .... get up, get moving, take action ..."Therefore" ... because, because of what I taught you ... "and teach" ... tell them what you know to be true, share the Good News ... "all" ... don't leave any out, include everyone ... "nations" anyone in your nation/nationality and out of your nation/nationality.

What "nation" is our Loving Lord sending you to today to tell His good news? Is it to the Indian family that just moved into your neighborhood? Is it the Asian cell mate in a detention center with a loved one? Is it your hispanic co-worker? Is it your European waiter at the local cafe? Where is the 'nation' or what is the 'nationality' that He is leading you to with His words...Go! Go ye therefore and teach...

Isaiah 52:7 (New International Version)
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,

who bring good tidings,

who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

"Your God reigns!"


4 comments:

Connie Barris said...

You know... I use to think I had to teach nations...

but a nation could be one, couldn't it?

You my dear, reach others... and it may be one thing that touches one person....

and that is your gift

praise you....

Sharon @ Little Lessons said...

All honor and praise for anything that is written on this blog belongs so fully and completely to our Loving Lord! I'm humbled and thankful each day that He continues to use me in this way.

Connie Barris said...

Yes, but you are an open and willing vessel...

not everyone is....

thanks for your prayers...

One of my dad's reports came back with fairly good news.. meaning nothing has spread...

Sharon @ Little Lessons said...

Connie,
PRAISE the LORD for the good news about your dad! I'm continuing to pray for his healing and his salvation.

{{{{HUGS}}}}
Sharon