God’s Jealousy as a Motivator for Mission
A devotional thought from Kendell Easley for “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Suppose that once upon a time there was a wonderful kingdom. It was a large and peaceable realm, filled with beauty and delight. The king was strong and wise and generous. The kingdom was filled with happy people who loved their king. Over time, however, a rival prince from a neighboring realm began stealing the hearts of the king’s people. His false promises lured them to his domain. After a while, the prince imprisoned them in his dungeon.
When the good king learned about this, he was filled with jealousy for his people. He was not jealous of the wicked prince, who was cruel and hateful behind his masquerade. The king was jealous for his own rightful citizens, whose freedom and happiness had been lost. He longed to take his people back so that they could be restored to him, for they were rightfully his. What would he do? Surely you know. He sent his son to rescue the prisoners.
Such a simple story is no fairy tale. It’s the heart of our God. It’s why God has sent His people into the world. Think about two biblical stories in light of this perspective. First is the Book of Jonah. The reluctant missionary was thrust into a pagan culture so that they could come to know the true God. And they did (Jonah 3). Multiplied thousands were restored to their Creator.
Then there is the Book of Revelation. In his vision, John saw an uncountable multitude from every nation and language. They cried out, “Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne” (Rev. 7:10). Later, these are revealed as those who “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary” (Rev. 7:14-15).
Pause and Reflect
• Have you ever thought of God’s (proper) jealousy as a motivation for mission? Why or why not?
• Why should we be grateful that God is jealous for His own honor?
• Pray for God to open your eyes to someone who has run from God and needs to know that God is jealous for his or her return to Him.