“…The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” (Jonah 3:1)
In the story Jonah tells us, he is not the hero. God is. A paraphrased summary of Jonah’s truth looks something like this:
“When I went Nineveh, I was not agape love, but God was. I told the Lord, ‘I can’t love Ninevites, Lord.’ But God said to me, ‘I can, Jonah, so let’s go to Nineveh!’
I told the Lord, ‘I don’t want to go. I don’t want to love Ninevites, Lord!’ The Lord said to me, ‘I know that, Jonah. But, you see, I want to love Ninevites, so let’s go to Nineveh!’
When I went to Nineveh, I did not love Ninevites. When I was in the city of Nineveh, however, God loved the entire population of Nineveh through me.”
Miracle of miracles, God saved the entire population of Nineveh through the preaching of this prophet who hated the people God wanted to save.
… Is God’s work through you being blocked because of your prejudice? Are there people with whom you do not share the Gospel because you have animosity toward them? Are you joining Jonah saying, “I will not?”
When are you going to let the love and power of Christ cut through your conscious and unconscious prejudice and say to God, “I will?”
It’s not a matter of what you can do, but of what God can do.
Faithfulness is your responsibility; fruitfulness is God’s responsibility.
Dick Woodward, Jonah Coming & Going: True Confessions of a Prophet