I don’t know when (or if) the church you attend has a missionary convention or conference. The one where Sharon and I are attending has theirs in January. If your church doesn’t have one, let me be one voice that encourages you to do it! It is a wonderful time for everyone to be challenged afresh about God’s great redemptive plan and our responsibility to participate in the great mission of the Church to reach the entire world with the powerful message of the Gospel.
In my Bible reading today – the day after Christmas – a passage I read especially highlighted our responsibility to those who are called by God to be our representatives in the great task of world evangelism and “making disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Here’s the passage I read… “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers (and sisters)! You do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God! For they have gone out for the sake of ‘the Name,’ accepting nothing from ‘the Gentiles’ (i.e. the unconverted – those who are not Christians yet). Therefore, we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth!” (from 3 John 5-8)
I’m grateful that early in life I learned it was important to give (and give generously) to missions (i.e. the worldwide cause of Christ)! I’m grateful that the body of believers I’m a part of, the Assemblies of God, has a program that helps children, early in life, to develop a heart for missions (it’s called BGMC or Boy and Girls Missionary Challenge). We have a program for teenagers that emphasizes missions called “Speed the Light.”
Those God calls to take the Gospel to the whole world and “make disciples of all nations” deserve our financial and prayer support! They have gone out “for the sake of the Name!” They should be able to depend on Christians to faithfully support them! When we do, this passage says we become “fellow workers for the truth!” Giving to missions is a wise investment! The return on that investment is not measured simply in dollars but becomes “treasure in heaven!” I appreciate the thankful expressions of those whose ministry I invest in; but more than that, I expect to meet people in heaven that are the result of my investment! Every letter or report from a missionary telling the exciting story of transformed lives because of my investment makes me a participant and “fellow worker” in the cause of Christ!
God helping me, I intend to do more than ever before in helping those who are called by God to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel! … “Till everyone knows!”