Across this whole world of ours billions are saying these 2 words today, ‘Happy Christmas!’
I pray it may be so for you.
Wherever you are right now, in the furthest corner of the world, ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands” and He’s got you!
Jesus instructs his disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)
To disciple an ethnos (nations) means to transform the existing culture into a new culture of God’s kingdom. Where do you live? The home? The neighbourhood? Who is round your Christmas table today?
Every tribe has its own language, rules of practice, location and most hate other tribes and outsiders.
Today of all days the fact that Jesus came into this world is the greatest sign that we should also go into our world. Today find some time to commit to doing so from this moment on. That you too can be incarnated into your world. Or maybe Jesus will send you beyond your world into another unknown place to you.
Who is God calling you to reach?
Focus on specific people groups, not just geographic areas, ethnic groups, not political countries. A group that is bound together by a common culture, language, values, socio-economic or ethnic identity. Target un-evangelised and under-evangelised groups where there are no Christian witness present, or no indigenous Christian community within that group of sufficient size to complete the task of evangelising that group without outside assistance. What about the Samaritans? The people you might prefer not to work among but who very much need to know about Jesus; people who may live near you but who are culturally very distinct from you. Give special attention to the hidden people groups who are isolated and hidden from other groups living nearby.
Because it’s Christmas!