Travel Light: The reason for the journey

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“Then Cain went out from the Lord’s presence …”
Genesis 4:16

Cain chose his own way. Then, banished by the Lord for his sins, he went out from the Lord’s presence. Today, more than 4 billion people in more than 6,000 people groups are living in what Nik Ripken, author of “Insanity of God,” calls a “pre-Pentecost” environment: with few believers and few, if any, churches. In these settings, many people have yet to experience the Holy Spirit’s power among them. They are living outside of the Lord’s presence.

Jesus made the journey to our world to reconcile all people to God, the Father. He came to restore what sin destroyed. At His ascension into Heaven, He commissioned His followers to take this Good News of reconciliation to those living outside of God’s presence. Reaching these 4 billion people is our responsibility, whether they live across the street, in the world’s largest cities or in the most remote villages.

The journey, however, will not be an easy one. Making Jesus known to those who have never heard often invites misunderstanding and persecution. For Jesus, the path to reconciliation meant death on a cross. For us, it means dying to self—taking the risks to make Him known.

This week’s reading: Genesis 1-11, Job 1-16
Post #1: Discovering how to live missionally through a chronological reading of God’s Word.



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