For All the World

Michael Wittmer

READ : Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it. (v. 14)

When he founded the Free University of Amsterdam in 1880, Reformed theologian Abraham Kuyper issued this famous challenge: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

God’s covenant extends as far as creation. Everything that sin broke grace must restore. The gospel redeems our entire person – not just our souls but also our bodies (remember that Christians hope for the resurrection). And not just ourselves, but human society, the animal kingdom, and the earth itself must return to the original shalom it enjoyed at creation (remember that Christians look for a new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells;
2 Peter 3:13). As Al Wolters wrote, “God does not make junk, and he does not junk what he has made.”

Where has the brokenness of sin invaded your world? It may be as large as a community standoff or as small as a hurting child. It may be as important as a destitute family or as ordinary as a weedy garden. Become the hands of God in each situation – crafting at least a corner of creation where his will is done on earth as it is in heaven.


Father, may your kingdom come, and may it start with me.