“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.”
This is the first word that I ever received from the Lord, and I had been saved for about three months. It was the fall of 1985.
At the time, I really didn’t know anything about the Lord speaking to us personally, directly, or prophetically. It seems funny now, but in those first years, there was such a purity to communication that came from God. Less complicated. I didn’t realize that this was actually a calling, not just an obscure line from the first chapter of a minor book of the old testament, a book I was sure I had no idea how to pronounce. (Habakkuk 1:5)
But, later I realized ( and I think I am still realizing), that God was calling me to participate and cooperate / co-labor with Him in the nations. Strangely enough I wasn’t confronted with the fact directly again for about twelve years, when a visit to friends took me a thousand miles from home to some strange collection of people in a home group, and a guy called me out for a ministry to a people group I really knew little about, Spanish-speaking Latinos. Christ vive en nosotros ahorita! (I learned a little Spanish since then, but at the time, knew nada…)
Why is God interested in the nations?
The nations have always been on God’s heart, so much so that He made a promise to His Son about it:
7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father.
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.
9 You will breakt them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”
In these times, we are in Christ, and this promise is echoing in our hearts. We are called to participate with the Father in delivering this promise to the Son. One of the ways the Father is giving the Son the nations, is through the commission that we all have received – making disciples of all nations.
You are called to the nations. Don’t try to hide. 🙂 Instead, go into all the world, and proclaim the good news of Christ, and His Kingdom.