Why Missions Is So Important
In Part 1 of this series we looked at what missions is, and why missions is so important to God. Missions come from God’s heart and His love and desire for all to be saved. God wants all people from every people group and tribe and nation to be saved. He wants a restored personal relationship with everyone.
And God’s desire and passion for this is so strong that He sent His only son Jesus to make it possible for all of us to have a restored relationship with God.
Now we will look at some other reasons why missions is so important. And why missions needs to be very important to the church.
#2 Reason Why Missions Is So Important
If God’s people, the church, do not love people enough to go and tell as many others about the Gospel and Jesus, then who will ? God’s plan all along was to have the church be His instrument to take the Gospel to all people, and then to make disciples. That includes all people in your city, all people in your region, and all people all over the world.
And God has already provided what we the church need in order to accomplish this task. It is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides everything we need to be the witnesses and missionaries that God called and commanded us to be.
- Matthew 4:19 “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
- Acts 1:8 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem (your city), and in all Judea and Samaria (your region), and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
#3 Reason Why Missions Is So Important
Missions is all about loving people the way God does. And about having the same desire and passion for others to be saved that God has. Missions is also about leaving the comfort and safety of the church and going outside into the community, region, and to other nations. That is where sinners are. Very few of the lost people will come to your church. Some will if invited, but most will not.
These days in the US fewer and fewer people want God in their lives. Many people have everything they need here, and the thinking is “Why do I need God ?” or “I don’t need God.” But in other countries around the world, especially in poor countries, many people are more humble and they know they need God. And their is a great hunger for God and a great openness to the Gospel. The harvest is truly huge in these areas, such as in Africa and other parts of the world.
We need to go out to where the harvest is truly huge and go tell them about Jesus. And help & train churches in those areas to do God’s mission work also, of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. There is a great harvest and a great need for people to step up and fulfill God’s mission there. We in the US have the resources to do it, but less and less people have the right heart attitude to do it. The “whatever it takes or whatever it costs” attitude to do God’s mission.
- Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
#4 Reason Why Missions Is So Important
It is a great privilege and honor to join God in what He is doing in the world. God is still the all mighty and all powerful God, and He is doing amazing things in the world today. God loves you very much and He wants to give your life great purpose and meaning and value. He does this by inviting you to join Him in His kingdom work and mission.
God does not need us in order to accomplish His kingdom work. But He chose to include us in the way He accomplishes His kingdom purposes in the world. He has given us the privilege and also the responsibility to do our part in His work and mission. We the church have the God-given responsibility to take the Gospel to the world and to make disciples.
- 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
#5 Reason Why Missions Is So Important
Missions changes us. When we participate with God in His mission work and we see and experience Him doing great things, it changes us. We see God in a whole new way, because we obey His commands to be His witnesses and join Him in His kingdom work. When we see God’s great power and glory up close, it changes us. We grow deeper in our faith and in our walk with God.
Visiting poor countries changes our hearts. We have been to a great number of poor countries, and have shared the Gospel in many slums around the world. You learn to very much appreciate the things and blessings you have from God. Your perspective changes, and you see the things that are truly important and the things that are not. You step outside of the US and into a poor country, and you begin to see how materialistic we really are in the US.
Missions changes us and our hearts. And that is a good thing.
#6 Reason Why Missions Is So Important
Besides changing us and our hearts, participating in God’s mission helps us to grow and become more mature Christians. Missions has a way of accelerating our spiritual growth, and it helps us to develop a deeper walk with God. Our faith is strengthened when we see God mightily at work, and we know Him in more real and personal ways from then on.
Often times going on mission trips and participating in outreach ministries produces far greater spiritual growth than does going to a Sunday School class or small group. These things are very important to our spiritual growth and making disciples, don’t get me wrong. But nothing can compare to the spiritual growth and changes in us and our hearts that missions produces… especially when combined with the study of God’s word.
We want to encourage you to seek God and how He wants you to be involved in His kingdom work and mission. And if possible find a way to be involved in missions in other countries around the world. Now more than ever there is a great need for more workers in the harvest that God has already prepared.
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