Wasn’t yesterday’s performance of Jonah’s Druthers by the performing arts camp awesome?! What an incredibly talented group of people we have here at MVPC. Moreover we have people who are passionate about communicating scripture in creative and innovative ways.
As I mentioned during my brief follow up to yesterday’s production, all week long I am going to be sharing scripture, questions, reflections, readings, prayers, etc. to help us unpack one of the key themes in the book of Jonah and that is this…
God calls us to talk to people that we would not call to talk to on our own.
By this I mean that God often will put us in situations to engage in relationship and conversation with people that we might not ordinarily look to associate or socialize with. However, just because we may not desire to have such engagement does not mean that we can avoid it, if we truly are looking to obey God.
In chapter 6 of the book of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah is being commissioned and we see two significantly different things than we do when God calls Jonah to go to Nineveh.
1. Isaiah recognizes that he himself does not measure up to God’s standard and is a sinner (Isaiah 6:5). Jonah on the other hand holds firmly to a perspective that seems to indicate the he views himself as significantly superior to the Ninevites and more deserving of God’s grace (Jonah 4).
2. In response to the the Lord’s question of “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah immediately says, “Here I am. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Jonah on the other hand not only doesn’t volunteer to go where God desires for him to go, but actively flees (Jonah 1:1-3).
While both were men of God, they demonstrate to completely opposite responses to God’s call.
How do you respond when God calls you to do something? More specifically, how have you responded when God has called you to reach out to someone who is not living a life pleasing to God (think about specific people)?
Is your first reaction to look down upon them? Do you view yourself better and more deserving of God’s grace?
When God calls you to do something difficult do you respond more like Jonah or more like Isaiah?
Take a moment to leave a comment regarding what you believe often causes people to resist reaching out to those who are lost and in need of God’s grace. What societal challenges are there? What do you personally find to be something that holds you back?
Questions for kids:
To start this conversation ask each child if they understand that God can use them to tell people about Jesus and then follow up with some of the questions below.
1. How do you feel about the fact that God can use you to tell people about Jesus?
2. Who do you know that needs to know about Jesus?
3. Why is it sometimes hard to tell people about God?
4. Have you ever wanted to tell some about God’s love or what it means to have a relationship with Jesus? Who was that person and what did you say to them?
5. What are some good ways that kids can tell other people about God’s love?
Take some time to wrap the conversation up by having each child pray specifically for people they know that need to have a relationship with Jesus.
-David Miles (DM)