Sermon text: Jonah 3:1-5,10
I don’t know about you, but I find it rather impossible to read the stories of the Bible without seeing myself reflected in them. Can you see yourself in uninvolved Jonah … when Jonah hears: “Get up, go to Nineveh,” I mean the guy sprints for Joppa … to catch a ship heading in the opposite direction!
Jonah’s determination not to get involved still has a lot of appeal among church folks today. Family frictions, an unchurched community, an educational system that seems to be breaking, millions of bellies exploding with the pain of hunger … all Ninevehs. I would love to climb into a boat’s hold, go to sleep, and avoid them all. But God is calling … calling us to care … calling us to make a difference! God is calling you and me to go to Nineveh … into a world where there are no guarantees … a world full of problems.
Back to Jonah … there was just no escape for him. God had a plan for Jonah’s life, and his going in the opposite direction of that plan made no difference to the Almighty. … Read full sermon here (PDF)