Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 8, 2014

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

I will never forget when I was just starting out at my first church and the Lord had convicted me to begin challenging my people to embrace a vision for world missions. After I had preached my heart out with a passionate about our need to have a burden for the world, and older gentleman challenged me, “Show me where it talks about missions in the Bible!”

I thought he was kidding me so I started to chuckle but then I realized he was serious so I responded, “Well, Charles, I thought I just did that! Weren’t you listening?”

Had I not be caught off guard with that question I should have asked him, “Show me where the Bible doesn't talk about missions.”

From the time God promised to crush the serpent following Adam’s fall, He has been on a mission to redeem the fallen race of man.

The first foreign missionary came from Heaven as a baby a manger. During His mission on earth He called others into the mission. Upon completing His mission He commissioned His Church to engage in the mission until He returns. Then He sent His Holy Spirit to empower them for the mission.

If you are a Christian you are on a mission to spread the Good News of salvation to the world. Apparently there is something missing in the mission because according to the website www.joshuaproject.net there are 16, 825 known people groups on earth and 7,287 of those people groups have not been reached with the gospel. Another way to state that stat is 43.3% of the world is still unreached. Something is missing in the mission.

There are 7.13 billion people on our planet and 2.91billion of those people have not had a missionary to tell them about the love of God. Something is missing in the mission.

What is missing in the mission?

Is it your prayers that are missing from the mission?

Is it your faith-promise offerings that are missing from the mission?

Is it you that is missing from the mission?