A Light Thing
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Whenever we limit God to our own provincial location based upon race, ethnicity, or socioeconomics, we’ll quickly discover that His plans are always surpassingly greater than our own preconceived notions. Consider the prophet Isaiah in describing his mission, even signifying prophetically the mission of Christ. God sees ministry directed only towards the tribes of Jacob and Israel as a light thing in comparison to the innumerable persons that would eventually become fully and intimately acquainted with the good news of the gospel. And this is God’s usual pattern when he calls his people to fulfill particular purposes. Joseph not only served his own people but the Egyptians and persons from surrounding nations; Paul not only preached to the Jews of Damascus and at Jerusalem but would go on throughout the coasts of Judaea and then to the Gentiles. Bearing prophetic witness which transcends race, culture and creed (even as Christ) is the intrinsic calling of every Christian regardless of our vocation:
[For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.] KJV Romans 8:29
Brian Johnson, Ph.D.