Passage: Exodus 19:1-8
Speaker: Mitch Kim
Series: Missions Fest
Making God’s Name Known Together
This week begins our missions week. Why do we do missions? Why should we care about missions? Missions flows out of a deep understanding of what we are saved for. Sometimes we know what we are saved frombut we don’t know what we are saved for. We know that we are saved from sin so we should not do bad things anymore. But what are we saved for? Exodus 19:1–8 shows us that God saves us to bring us to Himself and make His name known, so we listen to His Word and obey.
First God saves us to bring us to Himself (Exod 19:1–4). God clearly saves his people — bringing them out of the land of Egypt, through the wilderness and to Mount Sinai. He declares, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exod 19:4). The goal for which He has borne His people on eagles’ wings was to bring them to Himself. He invites us to relationship; the primary goal of salvation is not to avoid punishment for sin or bad stuff in the world but intimacy with the Father. God invites us to Himself.
And as God brings us to Himself, He works through us to make His name known (Exod 19:5–6). He calls them to obedience, to obey His voice and keep His covenant, so that they might be a treasured possession, God’s crown jewel among all peoples. As God’s crown jewel, they are a kingdom of priests to bring the nations to Himself and a holy nation, representing the glory of God to the nations. God not only saves us for intimacy with Himself but for His mission to the nations; the radical transformation of our lives shows forth the glory of who He is.
Since God brings us to himself to make His name known, we listen to His Word and obey (19:7–8). When Moses speaks God’s Word to God’s people, they listen carefully and respond, “All that the LORD has spoken, we will do.” Indeed the following chapters spell out more clearly what it means to obey God’s Word. Obedience to God’s Word is ultimately not about earning a relationship with God; they have already been adopted as His children. Obedience to God’s Word is rather the means by which we show to the world the character of our God. In Jesus we know that the church is the body of Christ; the world sees Jesus more clearly through his body, which is the church. Therefore it is critical that we listen to His Word and obey.
So what? We are not only saved from slavery to sin and the world; we are saved for intimacy with God so that we might make His name known as we listen to and obey His Word. May we grow into what God has saved us for!