Prioritize the Least/Last/Lost

One of the ObeyGC2 values is that work prioritizes the least, the last and the lost.

Throughout the Old Testament God made it very clear through the Law and the Prophets that He has a special concern for those who are weak and suffering. There is a refrain of commands to care for orphans, widows, the destitute, the mistreated, foreigners, the helpless. There is also a refrain of concern for the “nations” or “Gentiles.” The idea behind this word both in the New and Old Testaments is that of ethnolinguistic people groups. From the call of Abraham in Genesis 12 straight through to Revelation 5 and 7, God communicates a deep concern that ALL people groups come to know Him and serve Him. Guess what? God still cares for the weak and suffering. God also still wants people from EVERY people group to come to know Him and serve Him. Unfortunately there are more weak and suffering people than ever. In fact, there will always be weak and suffering people until Jesus returns; as Jesus noted in John 12:8a, “You will always have the poor among you.” We know, however, that isn’t the case regarding the people groups. All of them will hear before Jesus returns. In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” ObeyGC2 intends to make sure there are no people groups without an ongoing witness. This is one its priority goals.

Luke 14:12-14

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Rev 5:9b-10

“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”