God commanded Jonah to go to a place called Nineveh and “warn them for their wickedness has come up before Me.” Read Jonah 1:2 (NKJV). Studying the text a bit further, I was wondering why God was sending Jonah to Nineveh with such urgency. When we look at the term wickedness out of context, it can be a bit blind to us, except we dig deeper into the real meaning of wickedness used in context. Do you know soul winning is not a concept or ideology; it is a calling for which every believer in Christ ought to respond to? “A scared world needs a fearless church.” A.W. Tozer.
Make no mistake, when the night arrives, and people retire to their homes, there is a nagging question – what is life really all about, even in the midst of all the achievements, wealth and excesses. This unanswered question can lead to emptiness and void in someone’s life, and we have the privilege of sharing the gospel of hope and love.
The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines the term wickedness in the context of Jonah 1:2 holds a meaning which we should be paying attention to. It means lawlessness, unprincipled behaviour, not in conformity to acceptable customs. Watch this, God saw the depraved hearts of the people of Nineveh, including their desperation for help, hence, He wanted Jonah to go warn them, giving the Ninevites the opportunity to repent from their wayward actions and turn to God.
Listen to this quote “There is no group or type of people anywhere in the world that is excluded from salvation because God desires that the gospel be proclaimed to all without exception.” John Calvin. Salvation has no exclusivity right! It is open and available to all who will accept the gospel truth of God’s love and grace. Listen to this, “But how can people call on Him for help if they’ve not yet believed? And how can they believe in one they’ve not yet heard of? And how can they hear the message of life if there is no one there to proclaim it?” Read John 10:14 (TPT).
Watch, “For we come to God in faith knowing that He is real and that He rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking Him.” Read Hebrews 11:6 (TPT). Can you see this? There should be no doubt in our minds that we have a charge to keep – to proclaim the message of Christ to the whole world.
Father in Heaven, thank You. You are good and Your mercies endure forever. Thank You for Your restorative grace and loving kindness. I am eternally grateful!
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