Thought on Christian Missions
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matt 28:19-20
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
Christian missions is obeying Christ and following His command (John 14:21). Sharing the gospel with the lost world and the unreached people who desperately need the Good News but do not know it, or may not even have the opportunity to hear it. God could convert every single person on earth with a blinding light like He did Saul, but instead He gave us Christians the assignment of reconciliation (Acts 1:8-9). We should place it in high esteem, because it is a higher calling and important work. He works through us, therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
It is God who put in motion, consecrates (John 17:19) and mandates the mission of the church; God is a missionary God.
For God did not send His Son to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17).
As You have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world (John 17:18).
The missionary God sent Christ and Christ sent us, the Church to share Him with those lost in darkness. As Christians, this is our first and foremost duty to spread the Good News of the gospel to all the people, through whatever means the LORD gives us. Just as Christ died for us, so do we give up our lives to share this good news with the lost. This we do in love, gentleness and respect (1Peter 3:15). Now let us take a journey into the future and understand what and where we are meant to be as the body of believers.
Let us set the scene; a magnificent throne room, more beautiful than you can even try to imagine. In the center of this throne room is the throne and seated on the throne, The Lord God Almighty who was, who is and who is to come. All around Him you hear worship that comes from the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. They worship He who sits on the throne day and night. There is a sense of anticipation in the air, because He who seats on the throne has a scroll in His hand, yet no one is able to open it. You wonder, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll?’. A sense of despair fills your heart, but do not despair, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David has won, He can open the scroll and break its seals. You see a Lamb in the midst of the throne, He looks as though slain. He takes the scroll from the right hand of He who sits on the throne. We see that He can open the scroll, for with His blood He purchased men unto God from every tribe and people. We fast forward to sometime in this future. Now in the throne room there is a vast multitude (uncountable) of people from all the corners of the earth; from every nation and tribe and language standing before the throne and before the Lamb with palm branches and they cry out in a loud voice: “Salvation to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! (Revelation 4,5 &7)
This right here is the crux of the matter, who are these people standing before the throne in this blessed future? They are our brethren, our brothers and sisters; they are us. At the moment most of our brethren are still lost in the darkness we have a task to bring them to the light of Christ; it is a mission of worship (Revelation 7:15-17). To bring people to the foot of the cross, at the feet of Jesus to believe and worship. The Great Commission (Acts 1:8) is a rallying cry from our Saviour. We need to step out in faith and be prepared to fight tooth and nail for the lost that there may be one shepherd over them (John 10:16). Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we must go out there and bring these people to Christ for that glorious scene in the throne room to come sooner; for the Lord said not until all the world has heard will the end come (Matthew 24:14). This is missions.