Ancient Israel. Located southwest of the Fertile Crescent in the direct north/south, east/west traffic from Egypt to Assyria. Like the small one-light town you drive through on the way to somewhere else.
Yet Israel’s location was strategic.
God planned to impact the world through this tiny nation. We read of Abram’s call in Genesis 12 (NIV), “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you, . . . and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (vv. 2,3) God affirms His plan to Moses too, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:5,6)
So, He planted them smack dab in the middle of the busiest international trade route of the day.
Because, as the world journeyed through Israel on the way to somewhere else, other nations would learn who God was, what He offered, and what He desired in return.
The world learned you couldn’t get a ham and cheese sandwich in Jerusalem, because cleanliness was a big deal to a holy God, and pork didn’t make the cut.
Travellers couldn’t shop at the Hebron Target on the Sabbath, because God’s people rested and spent the day in worship instead of work.
Everyone was welcome. God even provided a place at His Temple for foreigners who wanted to chat with Him. The world had an opportunity to see Israel in real time as they passed through the streets of this tiny nation.
So, where’s your spot? The place God has put you? Because here’s how Peter describes us, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Don’t get me wrong, the Church will never take the place of Israel, but as believers we also represent God. Who’s passing through your life on their way to another place?
At the office?
At the kids’ school?
At the gym?
You’re not there by accident, you know, any more than Israel was—and is. God has placed you strategically. Are you impacting the world that’s passing through?
Who are you poised to impact? Think of family, friends, co-workers.
Are you making impact? Is it a positive or a negative one?
What are your children learning about God from you? Your extended family? Others?
What are they not learning that they need to know?
Where’s your spot? The place God has put you? Click to tweet.
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