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William Temple once said:

Worship is the nourishment of the mind upon God’s truth. Worship is the quickening of the conscience by God’s holiness. Worship is the cleansing of the imagination by God’s beauty. Worship is the response of my life to God’s plan for my life.

Mirëmëngjes! That’s good evening in Albanian. I bet you weren’t expecting a language lesson this early in the morning. Well, if you were…sorry you ain’t getting one because I know only a few words and they won’t get you very far.
***PRAY***
My name is Danny Dulin and my wife and I are missionaries in deputation headed to Kosovo…hence my attraction to the Albanian language. God willing we’ll hit ground in the Fall of 2014.
When Jacqueline and I were preparing to come to Kosovo, we talked to lots of people, both individually and as groups. And sometimes people would bless us with comments like, “It’s great what you’re doing” or “I really admire what you are doing” or “It’s awesome what you’re doing I could never do that.”
In this deputation process, we talk to lots of people, both individually and as groups. And sometimes people bless us with comments like, “It’s great what you’re doing” or “I really admire what you are doing” or “It’s awesome what you’re doing I could never do that.”
How do you respond to that? You don’t want to dismiss their kindness and encouragement, but it’s about God right?
So how do you humbly respond to comments like that?
Well, the response I usually give is, “we’re just being obedient OR “we’re just doing what God has commands us.”
Which doesn’t sound very humble.
It’s almost implying that person is NOT obedient?
Anyway, that is usually my response and I think biblically it is a good response. I mean Jesus did say
Matthew 28:19 NASB95
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
So obedience to the great Commission… IS biblical …and so I continued to use that answer.
Now I want you to rest easy that our mission board ABWE requires LOTS and LOTS of training before going to God’s mission field and that training includes reading plenty of books.
But then I read this quote found in “Let the Nations be Glad” by John Piper.
If you don’t have this book…get it!!! If you haven’t read it…read it!! You don’t have to be a missionary to be affected by it.
When I read this book…I began in the preface. Now I don’t know about you guys but I typically don’t start a book in the preface or the introductions, I like to just jump right in. But typically what happens is that I begin to realize in the first chapter or two there’s something missing and I find out that what’s missing is presented in the preface or introduction where I should have started in the first place.
and I was SHOCKED by this John Stott quote that was included by the author:
the highest of christian motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God…), but rather zeal—burning and passionate zeal—for the glory of Jesus Christ…Only one imperialism is Christian…and that is the concern for His Imperial Majesty Jesus Christ, and for the glory of his empire.
I was shocked by this quote because I was just faced with the fact that my reasoning for following the Great Commission was all centered on ME!
I’m kidding of course…I was not shocked that he shot down my best responses…I was shocked because I was just faced with the fact that my reasoning for being a missionary was all centered on ME! “I’m” being obedient… “I” love sinners.
Please don’t misunderstand me…God has made it VERY clear He wants nothing less for my wife and my life then to be on the field in Kosovo. If I had time I would tell you all about my Army deployment to Kosovo in 2006. If I had time I’d tell you about all the connections to Kosovo between my Colonial and Shepherds.
“I’m” being obedient… “I” love sinners.
The amount of affirmations from God would blow your mind.
I was shocked when confronted with the idea that responding to people saying “it’s amazing what you’re doing”
I was responding with the name of Danny…instead of the name of Jesus.
That book quote is in relation to
Romans 1:5 NASB95
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
John Stott says
John Stott says “Paul sums up his calling as a missionary like this…“[I am called] to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among the nations.” Notice: “for the sake of his name!”
“Paul sums up his calling like this…“[I am called] to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among the nations.”
Notice: “for the sake of HIS name!”
Also notice in the Great Commission…go into all the nations baptizing them in the NAME!!! of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Again I quote Stott
“We should be ‘jealous’…for the honor of his name—troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honor and glory which are due to it.”
John Piper says,
“The Great Commission is not the ultimate goal of the church.” “Worship is!”
“The Great Commission exists because worship doesn’t”
Check this out… in the first paragraph of the first chapter…John Piper says, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church.” “Worship is!” “Missions exist because worship doesn’t”
So…the goal of the church is not just to bring the good news of the Gospel to the WORLD so they can be saved from God’s wrath…
So…the goal of the church is not just to bring the good news of the Gospel to the world so they can be saved from God’s wrath…the goal of the church is to bring the good news of the Gospel so God will receive the WORSHIP that He deserves.
The significance in that statement is the “ultimate goal of the church is What??? WORSHIP.
...the goal of the church is to bring the WORLD the good news of the Gospel so God will receive the WORSHIP that He deserves.
So…the goal of the church is not just to bring the good news of the Gospel to the world so they can be saved from God’s wrath…the goal of the church is to bring the good news of the Gospel so God will receive the WORSHIP that He deserves.
When I use the word “world” I’m talking about MY world here in Kosovo. But I’m also talking about your world and your world could be in your classroom…or your world could at the end of your street…or your world could be in your office at work...OR maybe it’s the end of the hallway in your own house.
Wherever “world is for you”…our ultimate goal as “the church” is for God to be known and He receive the worship He deserves.
With that charge, I’d like to take you to .
1 Peter 2:12 NASB95
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
This word “behavior” has the idea of “manner of life” or “one’s relation to a community as a citizen.”
This word “behavior” has the idea of “manner of life” or “one’s relation to a community as a citizen.”
What Peter is saying here is…let your manner of life…let your relation to a community as a citizen among the sinners be so full of God’s truth…THAT when they speak against you for your honest walk with the Lord…those words will glorify…or WORSHIP God.
I have studied this “day of visitation” and it refers to God’s coming to visit the sinner.
The majority of commentators say the meaning of this phrase is
God coming to the sinner wherein He will call the sinner to repentance by His word and His grace…and then what happens…They will WORSHIP Him.
The point in this passage is, the manner in which you live your life in relation to your community…or your “world”, will provide a testimony before sinners.
A positive Christian lifestyle is a powerful means of convicting the world of its sin.
Once convicted, they will come to know God…and they will WORSHIP Him.
So, what does this look like???
How do we live our life in relation to our WORLD... that will cause them to come to know and WORSHIP the Creator?
We should look no further than our King and perfect example Jesus.
I’ll share 3 with you.
1. Jesus befriended sinners.
In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 5, we find the Pharisees and scribes grumbling at Christ and His disciples because they’re eating with tax collectors and sinners.
How does Jesus reply? I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Erwin Lutzer says,
The average person will never be convinced of the credibility of the cross until he becomes personally acquainted with someone who lives out the Christian faith, applying its implications to every situation, even at great personal cost.
Beloved how can we possibly demonstrate Christ-like living to sinners, if we never engage in living life with sinners?
2. Jesus loved sinners
To love mankind like Jesus does, you need to see mankind the way Jesus does.
To see mankind the way Jesus does, you need to go back to the beginning. “let us make man in our Own image, according to Our likeness.”
Genesis 1:26 NASB95
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Jesus sees man in His image and according to His likeness. Therefore, when we look upon mankind and see the color of their skin, or the color of their hair for that matter (my son has had a variety of colors of hair, but that’s a story for another day).
When we look upon mankind and see their deformities or their beauty or lack of beauty…or we see that their tall or short…fat or skinny. We don’t SEE…what Jesus sees.
Jesus sees the Crowning glory of the creation of God.
Don’t believe me??? Ask King David…
Ask King David…
Psalm 8:5 NASB95
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
Brothers and Sisters, how can we possibly demonstrate Christ-like love to sinners if we’re not lovin sinners like Christ loves sinners?
3. Jesus served sinners
Can there be any better example of service than Jesus Christ?
Look what He says in Matthew chapter 20
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Jesus is indeed the ultimate example of service…
And He gave his LIFE for many.
Knowing this…using Jesus as our example we should ask ourselves:
What do we give our life for?
Who do we give our life for?
How can we give our life as a ransom for many like Jesus?
I’m afraid you’ll have to answer those questions yourself as you wrestle with God and ask Him to put those desires for others on your heart.
But, brothers and sisters how can we possibly demonstrate Christ-like service to sinners if we’re not serving sinners like Christ served sinners?
Christ set the example for us. He came to this earth to turn the world back to God.
Today I challenge you to join me…you in your world…me in my world Kosovo…to go and:
1. Befriend Sinners.
2. Love Sinners.
3. Serve Sinners.
Because we have a mission given to us by our King Jesus, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles
...for what????
For The WORSHIP of His name.
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