The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. (v.5)
Jonah 3: 1-10
Have you ever thought to pray for the entire world to see Christ? The spectacular thought of all our neighbors, friends and coworkers being saved from death may feel out of reach but should still be a hope and prayer from all of us to the world. Perhaps if a government were in place that knew the truth of salvation through Jesus, the masses could be brought to salvation through a social movement? The idea of government office applying a Christian worldview to society is certainly a wonderful thought, but Jesus has a much different and effective plan in place to win souls to himself.
Did you notice in the text that after Jonah delivered God's message that it was the people of Nineveh that believed God, repented and issued a fast before the king did? This may seem like a mundane detail but a very deliberate message has been left here for us. It is not governments, authority figures or lawmakers that turn human hearts to repentance and faith, but the Holy Spirit working on every individual exclusively to produce genuine discipleship. Authority figures that come to faith could in theory rewrite the lawbooks and redesign a society to reflect a Christian worldview, but it is likely that the culture would not change. Jesus was more interested on regenerating the individual, and so should we.
Do not wait for the world around you to change. Some things that are legal in our country are not legal in the Bible and God in his compassion for each one of us intends to change minds, not laws to fix that. Through individuals who comes to believe in Him, He begins to create an unshakable foundation of faith that honours and reflects His glory.
Lord Jesus, I thank you and am in awe for the miracle I see you performed in Nineveh. I pray that you would transform my community the same way, starting with me. By the power of your Spirit give me the strength to live by your example, so that your reflection in me might be a light in the darkness for everyone I come in contact with. I pray that you might touch everyone in my community, so that the culture that surrounds me be focused on what you see is righteous and not what man does. Thank you Lord for loving me and for your compassion of me. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in your heavenly realm. In Jesus name I ask it. Amen.