The Key to the Rest of Scripture: The One Simple and Compelling Reason to Go on Stint
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This time of year students are considering giving a year of their lives to go on Stint. Having spent the last few years on Stint with my four children (and even our dog) this is something very near and dear to me.
I’ve spoken and written much on why going on Stint is worth a year of your life. I could give you multiple reasons and stories of how God will use you to change lives, how you will point people to an eternal relationship with the loving God that created them, how you will have the adventure of a lifetime working with a team of people, and even how something like Stint will prepare you for the challenges life will throw at you in the future.
But those don’t compare for a second to the real reason of why you should consider going on Stint.
I read this in Genesis the other day,
“For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.”
The context of this verse is fascinating. God and a few of his angels stopped to have a meal with Abraham and Sarah on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah to pass his judgment. They actually stop to have a bite to eat. I mean, do angels even get hungry? I’m pretty sure they do not.
But God stops to remind Abraham and Sarah of his promise to not just bless them, but to have them bless the nations. Just a few chapters prior (12:1-3) God had given what is known as the Abrahamic Promise. He tells Abraham that he would bless him to bless others. This blessing, this healing, is to be one that crosses cultures and reaches to every nation.
Christopher J.H. Wright writes about the Abrahamic Promise, “God’s promise to Abraham is the key to the rest of Scripture. It is the beginning of mission and at the heart of the gospel. When we forget who we are and why we are here – to participate in the mission of God – then we have lost the plot of scripture.”
Our key to understanding God’s mission and our role in His mission is introduced here in Genesis. At the very beginning of the Bible, and throughout its sixty-six books we read of God’s heart for the world and his plan to share his love with the world. These verses in Psalms are an example of what we see throughout the entire Bible:
May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.
May the nations praise you, O God.
Yes, may all the nations praise you.
To gain an even better understand of the theme of the Bible, God’s heart for the world and his plan to use His people to reach the nations, read these passages. This makes a great Bible study you can do by yourself or with friends:
Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 18:18, Genesis 22:17-18, Genesis 26:2-4, Genesis 28:13-14, Joshua 4:23-24, 1 Samuel 17:46, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 22:27-28, Psalm 67:1-7, Psalm 86:9-10, Psalm 98:2-3, 7, 9, Psalm 87:4-6, Zephaniah 2:11, Isaiah 12:4-5, Isaiah 56:6-7, Jeremiah 16:19, Ezekial 36:20-21, Daniel 4:1-3, Malachi 1:11, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:20, 1 John 2:2, Jude 23, Revelation 7:9-19.
I could share (and I have) of how my family and I saw God work on Stint. I could tell you how glad I am that I went on Stint and why it’s so worth it. I could explain how living an adventure like Stint will equip you for the rest of your life. But these fail in comparison to the real reason you should consider going on Stint: To follow God’s call to be a blessing to the nations.
Author Todd Ahrend sums it up, “God is a missionary God, and from cover to cover of the Bible, He reveals and invites us into His mission.”
God has revealed his mission. He has invited us into his mission. I pray you will join us in being a blessing to the nations in this unique way.