Radical Read Along Chapter 4 – How DO we share God’s Glory with the World

October 5, 2010 at 12:00 am 8 comments

The one quote in the book that gripped me the most is this one:

Based on the purpose of God we’ve seen in Scripture, shouldn’t every Christian’s heart be ultimately consumed with how we can make God’s glory known in all the world?

How can we even do this?  That is a radical faith in God that is needed in order to make His glory known throughout the world or does it?  The more I thought and prayed about this and in the rest of my prayer life, the more I thought each of us can have a impact not just here, but in the rest of the world too.

Imagine this….say God is calling you to minister to children.  What if you, with God’s help of course, helped to show a child the glory of God?  What if you prayed with a child or a teen who fully commits himself to Christ and then God calls him to be a missionary in Uganda or somewhere else in the world.  What is that?  Impact. In your calling and your relationship with God, you helped a child come to Christ!  You did what God wanted you to do and thus showed God’s Glory to the world.

In this modern world, it is even easier to do this.  This read along itself that Marla has been leading is reaching all across the United States and God is enabling us all to be blessed enough to purchase the book and to read and have all we need to share this message on the Internet.  The Internet’s reach is world wide.  We may not be directly feeding someone in another country or showing God’s love directly to someone who really needs it, but we may be helping or ministering from the other side of the world.

So if you think I have I heart for South Columbus, I think that still may be correct however, Columbus is part of the State of Ohio.  Ohio is part of the United States and the United States is part of the world.  The very world that God wants us to show his glory.  So do you have a heart for the world?  Sure you do.  God may just have placed you where he wanted you to be so that you can through all of those degrees of connections you make an impact in his kingdom.  So you can show God’s glory to just a little piece of the world.

With that said though, God definitely calls people to be missionaries in other parts of the world.  That person may be you.  That person may be the one you prayed with 10 years ago.  Think about it.

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8 Comments

  • 1. Melissa  |  October 5, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I disagree with you and agree with you at the same time. I agree that God has placed me in my town, state, etc. for a reason BUT that does not negate the command for me to spread the gospel to all the world (Matthew 28). Whether that is by supporting missionaries, sponsoring a child or taking mission trips, you can not ignore the mandate for the world because you are serving in your local community. That is not biblical and I think the whole point of chapter four.

    • 2. gorkon  |  October 5, 2010 at 6:44 am

      Great we agree and disagree. Of course you should support missions….however last I checked, the US and the local community we live in is PART of the world and thus when we share the word of God HERE we are sharing with the world.

      As blessed as this country is there are a lot of people here that need him too. If we all go to Cambodia or other parts of the world, how can anyone hear the word of God here?

      So basically, since the church is the body of Christ, we are all called to do different things. We all can’t preach. We all can’t be missonaries. We need to follow God’s will. Period.

      We can definitely support missions financially and if you tithe, you likely already do. If God tells you to give specifically towards world missions, then you better do it. If God tells us to go to a third world country then we better do it! It is HIS will and not ours.

  • 3. R Catling  |  October 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Kindly stop posting your evangelist clap-trap to Linux Planet blogs unless you actually intend to post about Linux. The rest of us aren’t interested. RC

    • 4. gorkon  |  October 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

      Maybe you need to talk to Linc about that. He will disagree with you. Linux Planet isn’t just about Linux. It is a list of peoples blogs who happen to use Linux. I’ll pray for you.

      BTW…I only do this post once a week.

  • 5. Marla Taviano  |  October 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I, for one, vote that you keep up the evangelist clap-trap. 🙂

    Here’s where I can see Melissa’s point and would like to expound on it. There are thousands (even millions) of people in the greater Columbus area with PLENTY of resources to help our neighbors in need. If every single Christian in Columbus gave even a meager sum to the needy in our city, we’d be set.

    HOWEVER, in places like Cambodia? Nobody’s neighbors have any money. Sure, there are some rich people, but the overwhelming majority of people are living on next to nothing. You can’t help your “needy neighbor” when you yourself don’t even have enough.

    We are the richest nation in the world, and I just can’t justify keeping all (or even most) of our money here when there is such glaring need around the globe.

  • 6. gorkon  |  October 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Oh I agree with that Marla! I think I probably should say this: Give to world missions but don’t feel bad if you are not called by God to go there? Better? 😉

    It’s not about us, but our relationship with God. Our ministry purpose may change many times as we get older, but out true calling is to enter into a relationship with God. If we are in this relationship, he will use us and we’ll see him work.

    Should we feel guilty about being blessed? NO! However, we should recognize that the blessings come from God. We should share those blessings with others so we can show Christ love.

  • 7. Rachelle  |  October 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I agree that the point of the Gospel is for making God’s glory known.
    The problem with us here in this nation is this:
    but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. Luke 12:48

    We have been given SO much and even our poor are not poor compared to the rest of the world. That is why we should feel compelled(if not called) to go for the sake of the Gospel.

  • 8. gorkon  |  October 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    All too true…..also look at Mark 12:41-45(NIV):

    41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,[a]worth only a fraction of a penny.[b]
    43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

    When I think of this one, I think…how sad is it that we live in a place where we are so blessed, but so many aren’t willing to give even PART of their all.


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