Can you help me/us? writing all together an declaration of peace… terrorism is not an religion! **plz reblog, thanks** …
تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْعَلِيمِ
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (source)
Don’t look so excited. This post isn’t about pesky salesmen, your mother-in-law, or your twenty-five year old son who will not move out of the house.
It is about foreign missionaries, and I stand confident that my title is correct. Yes, yes, I know! Someone’s already shouting the obvious argument against my title. ‘God calls and sends His missionaries, not people.’
Well, I feel better now… how about you? It’s not our fault that a massive number of missionaries can’t acquire funding and get into lands filled with people who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s God’s fault, right? If He called them… why hasn’t He sent them?
Have we misunderstood their call? Or, maybe when God calls an individual out of His Church to enter the foreign mission field, He is calling the Church as well. If the Church is the body of Christ, and every member plays a role in ensuring the body is healthy (Romans 12:4-5), then maybe Jesus is calling His body to stretch, rather than perform an amputation. Maybe God has already provided the resources for every one of these missionaries to be where they have been called to go, but it’s unavailable to them because it’s sitting in our wallets and bank accounts.
I know; this really sounds out of character for me. I truly don’t like sounding mean-spirited, but I fear we are one day going to get a rude awakening when we stand before our Lord and give an account of how urgent the furthering of the gospel was to us. I have no doubt that our God is sovereign, and men do not thwart His plans, but I also have no doubt that God wants to reach these people with His glorious gospel. His Great Commission is still in the Bible, and He has given the responsibility of its commands to His Church.
So what do we do? Some say, “The problem is too big! We can’t possibly support these thousands of missionaries on top of what we’re already doing… can we?” Now who is it that doubts God’s ability to call and send?
Maybe they’re right though. Maybe we can’t do everything. But we can do something. We can all pray. We can pray for these families and we can pray for wisdom. We can pray for the wisdom that comes only from God; a wisdom that shows areas of our lives that might allow for the opportunity to support these families. Maybe we can eat soup one night a week. Maybe our entertainment spending can be adjusted. Maybe we can just be creative; we find ways to make things happen when we want them to.
Hopefully, I haven’t lost all of my readers at this point. But even if I have, I know these were words that needed to be heard. I needed to hear them. And I think others do too.
As believers in America, we seem to have forgotten this world is not our home. We are sojourners looking for a city not made with men’s hands. We are called to spend and be spent for the Kingdom of God. We are called to reach every corner of the world with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ.
I’m very aware that through our churches, each of us supports the mission field. We give to special offerings and even have funds for specific missionaries. But I think believers can do more. Here’s a great thought! How about adopting a missionary? Why not find one of these under-funded missionaries and commit to helping them with twenty or fifty or one hundred dollars a month so that they can get into these lands where God has called them?
My pastor has touched my heart with his outlook on the people of God. He makes clear his goal is never to cause guilt. Guilt is gone as fast as it comes. His desire is for the people of God to once again fall in love with Jesus. If that happens, he says, everything else will take care of itself. If we’ll just fall in love with Jesus, I have a feeling missionaries will be boarding airplanes really soon, and God will be glorified in places we’ve never even heard of, places where they’ve never heard of Him.
Spend some time researching this great need. I believe you’ll come to the same conclusion I have; we need to get involved… soon.
“There’s just no winning with you”
What do you do when you’re tired of waiting
What do you do when everything is going nowhere fast
How do you cope with never being able to make it past “dating”
How do you deal with always expecting to come in last
What do you do when “lets see where it goes” isn’t good enough
How do you get past the “lets just be friends” part
When is there ever not “a lot going on”
When will we stop letting our fear of commitment speak for our heart
Why can’t the right time be when we first meet
Why does going with the flow have to be “moving too fast”
Why can’t we just be honest about what want and how we feel
Why do we always ruin living in the moment by inviting the past
Blessings In Him…
~Deuteronomy 31:6 ~ “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you…”
~John 6:37~ “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
~Romans 8: 38-39~ “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~1 John 1:9~ “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
~2 Corinthians 5:21~ “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
~Romans 8:28~ “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
~1 Peter 5:7~ “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Isn’t it good to be a child of The Most High! The blessings we have in the body of Christ are far too magnanimous to describe. And, for our faith in Jesus as Lord, and obedience to the gospel of Love, God has given us eternal grace for our sins; It is simply a “love gift” from the Father. How can one measure the value of such an endowment? It is priceless! Praise be to the Father of Light who loves us more than we know…more than we deserve…more than we can say.
Thank you, O Father, for your goodness each and every day!
The man of 1,000 jobs had to leave…
… in order for 1,000 workers to rise up and do those jobs.
When I was the pioneer pastor of a church and school in Guatemala, I did everything.
I was intense. If I didn’t know how to direct worship, or something, I learned and did it competently. As members trickled it, it was hard to delegate. I was unwilling to relinquish ministry.
First God allowed my voice to unravel (somewhat) and forced me to seek a substitute (even if he sang out of tune).
Then He got rid of me altogether. Threat of kidnappers forced me to return to the States, and then EVERYTHING was handed off to others.
Jesus handed off ministry after 3 1/2 years. I took almost 16.
This is God’s pattern. The only way to raise up a future generation of leaders is by letting them lead.