One could say that I did not choose missions, but rather missions chose me. My great-grandparents were missionaries. Both sets of my grandparents were missionaries. My parents are missionaries. Missions is as much a part of who I am as it is a decision I made. Yes, my missions journey as an adult is just getting started, but the blessing of such a beautiful heritage makes it feel like I’ve been doing this all my life, because I have seen it done all my life.
However, at the end of the day, missions is not a family business but a Kingdom mandate, one that I daily must decide to obey no matter who my great-grandparents were or where my grandparents went or what my parents are doing. I have decided to answer the call to go to the far corners of this world and carry the gospel truth of Jesus Christ to His lost children. Why?
Three Simple Reasons Why Missions Chose Me:
- I love His truth.
- I want to obey His truth.
- I want all people to have access to His truth.
When we love and believe in something, we naturally want to share it with those we love. The math is simple—if we love His truth, and we love others as He loved us (John 13:34), we will share His truth with others. No matter where we go in the world, that math adds up. I want those I love and choose to love to experience the same love I have experienced through Christ. Love never fails.The sooner the whole world hears, the sooner we can go to our eternal home—together with every tribe, every tongue, and every nation. Click To Tweet
Love for Truth Leads to Obedience
My love for His truth leads me to obedience. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 challenges us to go and make disciples in all nations. Some go down the street while others go across the country. The Lord asked that I go to a foreign land, but that does not make my obedience any more or less necessary than those who stay. To echo Paul in II Corinthians 5:20, “we are ambassadors for Christ.” Another translation uses the term “messengers.” We often mistake a call to missions to mean going somewhere far away, when in reality God has called each of His followers to be His representatives wherever we are, at all times.
For me, that call is to distant places. God has planted a deep burden within me to go to the far corners of the world and shine His light to those surrounded by great darkness, specifically access-challenged nations. Why? Because He died for them too. My love for His truth has led me to obey His truth, so I now advocate for all people to have access to His truth.
I recently heard this statement at a training seminar, and it nearly knocked me out of my seat: “There are language groups in the world who have never cried out to Jesus.” There are individuals all around the world who are lost, but some of those individuals make up entire nations, people groups, and languages. It is time for the church to stand in that gap between truth and opportunity, giving access to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
I have decided to follow Jesus—no turning back. I have decided to let this little light of mine shine in the darkest corners—no hiding. I have decided to do my part in this Kingdom mandate—no excuses. Why? Because maybe the sooner the whole world hears, the sooner we can go to our eternal home—together with every tribe, every tongue, and every nation (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 7:9).
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A version of this article was printed in Pentecostal Life.