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God’s Goodness in Mission

by GINNY LUPKA GOD'S GOODNESS Seeing & not seeing fruit God’s guidance & direction
God’s Goodness in Mission
“…seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
Genesis 18:18-19

One of the things I’ve been pondering recently is God’s goodness in His universal missiological intent. From the very beginning of Scripture, God intentionally selects one person or one people group to receive His blessing and presence in order be the agents of His goodness to the rest of the world. The Lord does not select one person, such as Abraham, to be the focus of God’s presence and mercy for their own sake. Rather, God chose Abraham to be the father of many nations that would all be impacted by the goodness of the Lord. 

Genesis 18:18-19 is a profound verse, according to theologian and missiologist Christopher J.H. Wright, because of the way that it weaves together election, ethics, and mission into one verse. In this verse, God intentionally elects Abraham as the agent of His work (“Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation”) and calls him to live in an ethical, God-honoring way (“to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice”) for a missiological purpose (“and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him”). God’s purpose in selecting Abraham and creating the Israelite nation was so that they could experience God’s presence and live in a counter-cultural way that glorified God and drew other nations to Himself. 

This is meaningful to us as we go out and do our work in ministry. The very work of evangelism is tied to God’s intent at the beginning of time to bring the Gospel to all nations. For example, we see this work in Scripture with the inclusion of Rahab into the community of God’s people in Joshua 6:25. Much later in Scripture, we see the Gospel going out to the Gentile people through the work of the apostles. God is always at work to bring the Gospel to all nations and all people, regardless of background, language, culture, education, talent, ability, or status. 

This changes the way that I see the unbelievers around me. God loves His creation so very deeply that He has been working from the beginning of time to shape His people into agents who spread the good news of the Gospel to everyone around them. This is a central example of God’s goodness on display – His driving desire to bring freedom, inclusion, equality, forgiveness, and eternal life to all humanity.

Closing Prayer
Father God, thank You for Your enduring desire to bring the Gospel to all people. Thank You for Your work to bless the nations and to allow us to experience Your goodness and blessing. Please help me to be passionate about sharing the Gospel with my neighbors. Help me to not grow tired or hopeless – please give me faith to trust that You are at work around me. Please change the hearts of the unbelievers in my life. Please help them to see how beautiful, merciful, and good You are. Please cause them to see their need for forgiveness and to put their faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question for Reflection

How have you seen God’s goodness on display in your ministry recently?

Ginny Lupka
May 13, 2022

I currently work at a mental health community center as their intake specialist, so I try to think of that job as a ministry to the people calling in for counseling. Every once in a while, I get to hear stories of clients who have been encouraged by our work at the counseling center and reminds me of God’s goodness that is always at work.