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God's Glory to the Ends of the Earth

posted 24 Jan 2012, 17:13 by Peter Booth   [ updated 25 Jan 2012, 04:42 ]
This year (2012) we will have a continuing background focus in ID on world mission. Last week we did a brief overview of why we have mission. John Piper says that "mission exists because worship doesn't." The reason we have mission is because there are billions of lost people around the world who are not saved and who do not have a relationship with our living God. We look forward to the coming of the new heavens and the new earth, and God promises that there will be people from every tribe and tongue worshipping him before the throne (Rev.7:9). Of the 16000 people groups in the world however, over 6000 of them are considered unreached, equating to about 2 billion of the world's population; the job is not yet done. What are you doing about it? 

"The most glorious reason you exist is for the proclamation of the glory of God to the ends of the earth... The glory of God amongst the nations is the reason for which we have BREATH." - David Platt

Read Psalms 148, 149 and 150. We know a God that deserves and demands the praise due him and expressed in these Psalms. 

Psalm 117:1 says: "Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!" How can this happen if they do not know? 

Isaiah 6:1-8
 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

   “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; 
   the whole earth is full of his glory.”

 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

   And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

We read in Isaiah chapters 6 & 53 and Psalms 148-150 of how God is completely praiseworthy, unshakeably almighty, eternally glorious, foundationally just, entirely loving and incomprehensibly sacrificing. He is a God to which the angels can only respond and sing "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty." He is also a God who is wonderfully scandalous. "Woe is me" cried Isaiah, seeing God's utter holiness and reflecting on his own dirtiness and sin. We cannot stand in God's presence on our own. We have reviled and mocked him, and each one of us like sheep have gone astray. As such we would all be destined for hell - a place of eternal torment, where the fires never goes out and the screams are never silenced. Throughout the Bible hell is described and warned about. In fact Jesus talks more about hell in the gospels than he does about heaven. Contrary to how society often jokes about it, hell is real and our natural state is serious. But praise God we are not trying to come into God's presence on our own, and our sin is atoned for as was Isaiah's when the hot coal touched his lips. Our God is scandalous because when we have faith in Jesus Christ and a relationship with him, God looks at us and sees no record of wrong. Not only does he declare us 'not guilty' but he sees no record of the sin ever happening. We have a scandalously merciful saviour. 

To summarise then, we have a God who is holy, fully glorious and deserving of all praise, a destination every person on this planet is en route to and has a ticket for unless they confess Christ (hell), and an option to exchange our ticket for one to heaven. 

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." - Luke 19:10

3 reasons therefore why we should do mission to unreached peoples:
  1. Their knowledge (those unreached) of God is only enough to send them to hell (Rom.1)
  2. The gospel of God is powerful enough to save them for heaven - it works!
  3. The glory of God is good enough to satisfy them forever
---Will you put EVERYTHING on the table for the spread of God's glory to the ends of the earth? Will you respond as Isaiah did?---

Here's a video of what putting everything on the table for God's glory meant to one young girl from the States. Her name is Katie.