“Go to the great city
This September 11th marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001. It’s hard to
believe it’s been 20 years since four planes were hijacked by terrorists and
flown into the
They were heroes. When they received the call of duty, without hesitation, they went. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t easy. And it certainly wasn’t safe. But they went anyway, because it was their duty and their calling.
Jonah was one of God’s prophets in the Old Testament. He, too had a calling on his life: to speak God’s word whenever and wherever God told Him to. But unlike the heroes on 9/11, he turned his back on his call of duty. Jonah was the Reluctant Prophet.
started when God came to Jonah one day and said, “Go to the great city of
Jonah doing everything in his power to NOT go to
like to think that Christians today are much different than Jonah. But let’s be
honest: We’re not! Truth be told, there are some people who we don’t want with
us in heaven. Not too long ago I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a political
post about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. A Christian I know had posted
this comment below it: “Go to Hell,
Jonah was consumed by hatred, resentment and vengeance. But you and I must NOT be. We are on mission from God to share the good news of Jesus Christ with EVERYONE, not just with those we like … not just with those who like us … not just with those who are in our comfort zone. In the Book of Jonah, God shows Himself to be consumed with compassion and love for hopeless sinners. So too must we be consumed with compassion and love for hopeless sinners.
Come what may, God wants you to obey His marching orders: to go and share God’s word with lost and dying people. We need to have a heart like Christ’s: a heart filled with mercy and love for lost and dying people. Like Jesus, God wants you and me to seek and save the lost.
Dane Davis is the Pastor
of Impact Christian Church. Please join us Sundays for our in-person service at 9 a.m. at