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The Field is the World

Operation WorldIt’s pretty easy to get focused on those close to us when we think about reaching out to the lost.  If your child doesn’t know Christ, or your mom or dad, or your spouse, it’s fairly easy to forget about what’s going anywhere else, and focus only on them. It’s also easy for us pastors and church leaders to think that what is really important is what is going on in our locale, our city, our neck of the woods.  Believe me, I personally have narrowed my focus too many times.

But our call is to more than our Jerusalem.  It is also to all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). To this end, I had a Navigator leader who once told me that he thought Matthew 13:38 was the key verse of the BibIe. I think that was overstating it, as it is hard to get the gospel from this verse, but there is no doubt that it contains an important truth:

The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,

Matthew 13:38 (ESV)

That man was thinking of the first five words of this verse in particular: The field is the world.

Not my backyard, not my town or city, not even my county or state.  The field…is the world. And yet how easy it is for us to forget the great needs of the world.

But Christ calls His people to be World-Christians.  I’ll never forget George Verwer, the founder and leader of Operation Mobilization talking about this – I think it was at the 1984 Urbana missionary conference where he spoke of holding a globe up during his morning prayer time, and crying out, “Lord, I love the world!!!”

And we should.  We should love the world because God loves the world.  Yes, of course, our heavenly Father loves the ones we hold dear. But he also loves the journalists of Charlie Hebdo in France, and the Ebola victims of Africa, and the persecuted Chinese.

Our Heavenly Father loves the world, and it is the field to which all of us have been called.

Short of going overseas longterm, my application for this has been to try to pray for the world semi-regularly.  I get a daily email from Operation World which has helped. Now, I confess, I have a ways to go – I too often skip over this part of my daily prayer time, but I do get to praying for the world more than I used to.

And that’s good, because my field, just like yours…is the world.

Our reading for Tuesday, January 19: Matthew 14



Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Design-a-Prayer Meeting

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7(ESV)

The Challenge: At Edgewood Community Church, we’re challenging everyone to make 2012 a year of prayer.  Whether you’re part of Edgewood or not, consider joining in the challenge!  What if everyone reading this found 1 or 2 (or more) friends in the next couple of weeks and organized their own prayer meeting for the New Year?  Consider what God would do!

What is the format?  Answer – whatever you want it to be.  Do you want to pray for your kids?  Great!  Do you want to pray for world missions?  Super duper.  Maybe you want to pray through the Psalms. Great idea – go for it.  Prayer for our country?   We need it!  Suppose you just want to spend some time in praise?  Find some friends who are fired up about that and get praising.  Maybe you don’t want a “topic” at all.  That’s fine – just get together and pray about anything.  It’s up to you.

When, where, how long, and how often do we meet?  You probably guessed this by now: it’s your choice.  You may want to meet once a week at Tuesday noon for a half an hour at your neighbor’s house. Some may plan a once a month meeting. Or daily?  Sounds radical…charge on! No need to say more, I’m sure.

Finally…Comment on the blog that you’re joining in with us.  Then we can all rejoice that there’s a “whole lot of praying going on!”


Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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