World Vision

Dave Gifford

READ : Colossians 1:19-20

. . . through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven. . . (v. 20)

Most days we can’t see the two snow-capped volcanoes that overlook Mexico City. The smog is too thick. This city is a reminder that as a human race we have strayed far from our calling to care for our world (Genesis 1:28). Paul tells us that the mission of Jesus Christ is nothing less than reconciling all things in heaven and on earth to God. He is not only interested in saving sinners. His aim is as large as all creation. It began at the cross and will be complete when he returns.

In the meantime we who are his followers continue the restoration process. Lives need mending. Relationships need restoring. Industries, institutions, and societies need reforming. The creation needs Jesus’ healing balm. As a missionary, I believe “spiritual” activities are urgent and important, and I have dedicated my life to them. However, if we pray, study the Bible, and go to church but never get to the world-changing enterprise for which the “spiritual” activities should be preparing us, then we have mistaken the means for the end. Will you commit to improve at least one thing in your world today for Jesus?

PRAYER

God, give us a vision like yours, a vision as wide as the whole world.