Missions are the Heart of God
Sure we've all heard the great commission where the Lord said...
18 ..."I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Holy Bible, New Living Translation
Yet we should ask the question, "Have I truly heard", for if we have actually heard we will act, we will respond, we will obey.
|Many of us, including those in leadership are more concerned with building our own kingdoms rather than the kingdom of God. If we are consumed with being like Jesus we should recognize that the will of His Father and the kingdom of God was His first priority. We are to say what we hear the Father saying, and do what we see that Father doing. There are neither alternatives nor other considerations to be made. We either do it or we don't, we either are Him or we're not. If we accept the statement that, "Missions are the heart of God", we must take action on it or risk being in a position of disobedience before Him with whom we have to do.|
Are we willing to be like this?
The missionary, Jim Elliot said that, "He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loose". Jim, along with Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian were faithful to this statement when they made the ultimate sacrifice, laying down their physical lives and becoming martyrs, dying at the hands a people who they sought to bring to Jesus. (The whole account as told by Nate Saint's son Steve in a Christianity Today article can be found here (Did they have to die?) Ultimately because of this sacrifice and the follow through of others that came after these that took the lives of the five men came to the the Lord whom they served. This is the faithfulness of God.
Now it's our turn
If we are to live our belief rather than a life of compromise we must take seriously the call to action, the call of Christ to go into all the nations; the nations of our neighborhoods and beyond declaring Him that will declare us before His Father.