Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Jonah 1:1-3
The story of Jonah is the story of our lives as Christians: we are torn between our call, and our comfort. Jesus told us that our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak (Garden of Gethsemane, Matt. 26:41). Our comfort isn’t just liking the things we like, it also means avoiding the things we don’t like – anything that puts us in an uncomfortable position. Like sharing the Gospel, or leaving our zip code to travel for an actual mission trip.
Jonah didn’t understand how God could show mercy on God’s enemies. He was a Jew and he loved Israel, God’s chosen people. Assyria was a pagan nation, the “terrorist state” of the day. They worshipped demons, hated Israel, but also had never heard of the One True God. In other words, they were unreached.
After a few days diversion and becoming fish food, Jonah finally obeyed the call to go; and when he did, he became a catalyst. A catalyst is defined as, “an agent that speeds significant change or action.”
When you choose your CALL over your COMFORT, you become a CATALYST.
This is our mission: to go where the need is greatest, to reach the unreached, and to fulfill the Commission Jesus gave us to take His message of salvation to the uttermost parts of the Earth, so that everyone would have a chance to hear of our Savior.
Jonathan Haward, President & Founder