The Mercy of the Lord | Part 8: Mercy Qualifies Us For The Mission

Now having been saved … made an example … what will God do with Jonah? What will Jonah do?

Take a look at verses 3:1-2. Mercy qualifies us for the mission.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” (Jonah 3:1-2)

Jonah was forgiven for a function. He was six-hundred feet under, but was brought back up for an undertaking. And the same is true for those of us whom God has saved. 

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

What is so incredible about this is that God comes to Jonah a second time without even mentioning the first time. God’s forgiveness is just that: FORGIVENESS. God holds no grudges against people who humble themselves and ask for his forgiveness. As much trouble as you may have forgetting your mistakes, and as much trouble as others may have forgetting your mistakes, God does not have that trouble. And that kind of forgiveness forms us for the mission.

Let me give you an example. The internet is, by and large, forever. Remember that the next time you say something on Facebook. The internet is forever.

One of our favorite things to watch on TV as a family is America’s Funniest Home Videos. Even in the age of the internet – with YouTube, etc. – we love laughing at everyone’s mishaps and mistakes. And because the internet is forever, we can watch and laugh at other people again and again and again … and those people will never be able to say that what they did or what happened to them is truly forgotten. 

God is eternal. Everything we’ve ever said or done is effectively on His internet. But the blood of Jesus has removed His condemnatory memory of our past. He doesn’t use the shame of our past to force into begrudging obedience, but freely forgives us for the function He has for us.

So, what does Jonah do this time? We’ll look at that in our next post. 

 

Rob Tims

Rob is Teaching Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.