I recently heard someone mention how they love it when they read the Bible and truths they had neither seen nor appreciated before jump out at them. I echo these sentiments, especially having come across Malachi 1:11 just a few days ago:
‘“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty.’
Wow. What a fantastic verse – not least because it reminds the reader that God’s purpose is for his great name to be known among the nations. In these COVID-restricted days, international travel has been severely restricted. And yet the travel supplements of the weekend papers still remind us (dare I say tempt us?) that there are nations beyond our shores. Well, when the Lord spoke through his prophet Malachi, it was to remind God’s people that this world was his world and that among all peoples of this earth his name, his renown, his character, his love, his holiness, his glory and his grace will be made known.
In God’s infinite wisdom every Christian has been given the privilege of making Christ known. And the model that the Bible provides for doing that is partnership. Paul’s letter to the Philippians provides a biblical blueprint for partnership and Crosslinks remains totally committed to Paul’s concern of seeing the gospel of Jesus Christ advance. This advancement is only possible as the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is proclaimed far and wide so that men and women of every nation might respond in repentance and faith.
We’ve all got a part to play in that or, as some might say, we are all ‘stakeholders’ in God’s purpose ‘to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ’ (Ephesians 1:10). So whether it’s partnership through prayer or practical care or giving of money or mutual encouragement or shared suffering (or bits of all of the above), whether we are in the UK or Ireland or overseas, all of us in the wider Crosslinks family share the same desire to see God’s name made known among the nations. So let’s continue to ‘lean in’ to one another as we ‘stand firm in one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel’ (Philippians 1:27).
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Rupert is the Director of Mission Partnerships for Crosslinks. As leader of the Partnerships Team, he is responsible for growing healthy relationships between local churches in the UK and mission partners and projects overseas.
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