Does Jesus Really Care about Missions
Since the beginning of Christianity, missions work has always been considered a priority. Jesus’ last commandment on earth, known today as the Great Commision, was to take the gospel to every nation (Matthew 28:19–20). However, over generations the questions of exactly whom this commandment applies to has been answered in many different ways. But should this be a question at all?
With every other Biblical commandment it is widely accepted that it applies to all believers of Jesus. So why is this one any different? As Josh Cousineau states the majority of the church is not compelled to live a life on mission. Christians are content to go to church on Sundays and call it good, ignoring the requirements of Jesus to share the salvation that we have been given with the world. There are many reasons why this is the case: our business, our lack of biblical understanding, and our lack of compassion for nonbelievers. Christians feel fully justified in the complete disregard for Jesus’ last command, or at the very list a shifting of the responsibility to the select few who are “called” to overseas missionary work while they ‘do missions’ in their own hometown. Too often this idea becomes a cop out, allowing believers to live their life as they please under the guise of so-called obedience. This can not persist any longer.
According to Global Frontier Missions there are approximately 3.0 billion people on earth who live in unreached people groups with little or no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If Christians truly believe what they preach that’s three billion people destined for hell right now, not because they have rejected Jesus, but because they never had the opportunity to choose Him in the first place. It’s easy to shift the blame to governments intolerant of religious freedom or churches failing to evangelize properly, but that’s not how Jesus sees it. According to 2 Peter it is God’s desire that nobody would perish but all would have the joys and freedom of knowing Him. And whom did He trust with the job of making that at least an opportunity for every person on earth? Governments? Megachurches? No. He made it the job of each and every individual who claims to be His. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promise of His presence and told us that greater things would we do than even He did (John).
Jesus longs to return and right every wrong on this earth (Revelations). He longs to gather His people into His arms and care for them (Hebrews). But He will not return until every people group has heard His name and had the opportunity to receive Him (Matthew 24:14). His heart aches for the nations, and it is our job to give them to Him. So how can we pretend we are doing enough? How can we stop up our ears to the cries of our King who longs for His people and pretend that our saying “God bless you” when someone at work sneezes somehow fulfills His commandments? How can we hide any longer behind the mask of “local missionary” who has never even asked our Father if we are where He wants us to be or if there is a people, a nation, a city awaiting us to fill the call placed on our life? How can we say that we are followers of Jesus when we aren’t even willing to consider the possibility that He may be leading somewhere other than our comfortable little lifes? He promised that those who seek their life will lose it, but those who lose their lives for His sake will find it (Luke 17:33). So go. Lose your life for the sake of your King. Ask your Father what He’s called you too: what people group is on His heart for you and how He would have you reach them. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus you need to understand something- He’s not staying still. Jesus changed the world forever with just twelve men. Imagine what He wants to do with you.
Start Here. (2016). Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://globalfrontiermissions.org/gfm-101-missions-course/the-unreached-peoples-and-their-role-in-the-great-commission/
Cousineau, J. (2014). Why Aren’t We Missional? Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://gcdiscipleship.com/2013/02/22/why-arent-we-missional/
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