Sunday, January 3, 2016

Beautiful Mission Unfolds

Beautiful Mission:
The passion of God’s people is something worth exploring.
 God has a beautiful mission for us all to follow.
 His love for us shines through our journey.
 More Jesus, less of me.
 The people of this world are struggling not only spiritually but with providing basic needs for themselves and their families. Many countries have the majority of their people receiving below a dollar a day to live. These countries are war torn or filled with corrupt leaders who will not or do not know how to help these people. Within these struggles, many countries have less than 1% of their people claiming Christianity. ⅓ of the world is Christian and yet there are still 6,847 people groups unreached. Many Christians can reach at least one person in their workplace but choose not to. 13 of the world’s countries have less than 1 Christian. The countries that the US send many missionaries to are the countries that have over 80% of people claiming Christianity and are the top 10 senders of missionaries. The CSGC said, “The 10 countries that sent the most missionaries in 2010 were home to 32% of the world’s church members but sent almost 72% of all missionaries.”

We are called as Christians to GO. Jesus told his disciples just before he ascended back into heaven to go and make disciples of all nations, but are we really doing ALL we can? This may not mean packing your bags just yet, but it does mean living your life to the standards Christ called us to be. Paul writes in Philippians 3 and in many other letters he wrote about being people who are willing to suffer for Christ’s glory. He says in verses 7 and 8, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Maybe we can make a few sacrifices to share the gospel with some people even if it’s out of our comfort zone because it’s the least we could do to give Christ some glory because he sacrificed so much for us. We all cannot pack our bags and move across the world to be full-time missionaries, but we can use our place to make disciples and who knows, maybe some of those people will become missionaries in Asia. Let’s be missionaries in our place God has put us and he will truly show you his beautiful mission and take you on the greatest adventure of your life.