This morning's blog is from summer intern, Anna Wilke.
Recently, I came across a quote by Charles Spurgeon that stopped me in my tracks, it says, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” Wow, let that sink in for a minute. At first glance I thought this seemed harsh, but after thinking and praying about it for a while I came to realize that it was not harsh at all, in fact it is an incredible privilege. As we take a look at the Bible we see that it is not just a self-help book or a collection of stories. It is one cohesive story, which is incredible considering it was written by over 40 authors and over a span of more than 1000 years. In this story the one unified theme is God’s glory spread among the nations. The Biblical basis for missions begins in Genesis when God tells both Adam and Noah to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” and continues through Revelation which promises “… a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” John Piper says, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” We are called to go out into the world so that God will get all of the glory He deserves from the people He created.
Three of the most prominent representations of this mandate for missions are God’s promise to Abraham, Jesus’ ministry, and the Great Commission. In Genesis 22, God promises Abraham that all the nations, meaning every tribe, tongue, and people group, on Earth will be blessed through his descendants. Jesus’ ministry is another example of God’s heart for the nations because Jesus was sent for both Jew and Gentile alike. Jesus, the sinful world’s single greatest blessing, was from King David’s bloodline, and thus Abraham’s as well, fulfilling the promise God made to him hundreds of years before. Time and time again Jesus reminded His disciples that God’s plan is to bless all peoples, and His life modeled that perfectly, and He commanded us to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
We have been invited in to the story of proclaiming God’s glory throughout all peoples of the earth. As Christians, we have been blessed with the knowledge of Christ’s love and the salvation He offers us, and because of that redemption we are called to spread His blessing to all peoples of the earth. To do any different would be to disobey the commands God has given us in the Bible. Mission looks different for each and every person. Many are called to go to the nations, near and far, and there are just as many called to send and support those who are going. No matter the role, we are all called to be a blessing to the nations, and there is no greater blessing than knowing Jesus Christ. Our Father has not only allowed us to witness His changing and redeeming of lives, He has invited us to be a part of it with Him. What a beautiful and incredible privilege that is.