I love missions. My heart beats to the very word m-i-s-s-i-o-n. I’ll share one reason I love “foreign” missions.
THINKING GLOBALLY CHANGES THE WAY YOU THINK LOCALLY.
The word mission comes from the Latin missio, meaning “sent.” It’s the word Christians use to describe Jesus’ instruction to His followers, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all I have commanded…” (Matthew 28:19-20). Mission means participating in God’s movement to meet people and enter into a new relationship. It means taking God to people.
There are many purposes of foreign missions, but three primary purposes I will highlight here.
- Foreign Missions is to glorify the person and works of Jesus.
- This means making Jesus look good in what you say and do. When what you say points to Him and His splendor, and your attitude and actions are holy and attractive, then Jesus is glorified (meaning “made much of”).
- Foreign Missions is to convert unbelievers into believers and followers of Jesus.
- This means making clear how someone can have a New Life with Jesus, and presenting that opportunity. People can choose when the choice is made simple and clear. The message is the Good News of God’s Love for people; the choice is to repent, believe in Jesus, and follow Him. When #1 above is in place, #2 happens in God’s timing.
- Foreign Missions is to teach followers obedience to Jesus’ instruction from the whole Bible.
- This means making the Bible understandable to all people and ages so that they are enabled to make choices to obey God. The Bible is the diet of those who have Life with Jesus. Obedience to God’s instruction brings with it eternal and earthly blessing. It brings with it many things like joy, peace, perseverance, hope, and love.
If you are not a follower of Jesus and wondering about what “church” is all about, here you have your answer. These three things. The church is God’s instrument for His mission to people in whatever country they live. What is true on foreign soil is true here at home too.
Jesus tells the church, “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This is where Jesus wants us to be on mission: our city, our state, our neighboring regions, and even foreign countries. Maybe the greatest practical benefit of a local church’s involvement in foreign missions “to the ends of the earth” is the reminder that we are to be living on mission here in “Jerusalem.”
May the local church be reminded of its role from foreign missions–to be on mission, to live “sent” in this culture, and to make a relationship with God accessible to all people.
If you do not have a personal relationship with God, you can through His Son Jesus Christ. If you would like to begin one today, all you must do is respond to the Gospel (Click here).