It’s a word that scares many Christians, and as a result, we’ve tended to build missions up to being only for the “professionals” and further isolate ourselves from the idea. But I’ll let you in on a couple of little secrets.
There are no professional Christians. And missions are for all believers.
There are some foundational reasons to go on mission:
1. It’s our responsibility. Luke 12:48
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Let’s face the truth: as Americans (and yes, I understand not all of my readers are, so apply as needed), we live extremely privileged lives. Even what we deem as “poor” in this country doesn’t even come close to the level of poverty seen in much of the rest of the world. But what do we do with that privilege and wealth? I believe that in the end, much will have been expected of us. And despite the tendency to shout for the government to take action, it’s our responsibility…
2. It’s what we were told to do. Mark 16:15
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Also, Luke 24:46-47, just before his Ascension:
“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Jesus himself commanded it, and it was pretty direct. It wasn’t “Go if or when you feel like it, and only where you prefer to go”, it was “Go”.
3. It’s the point. Romans 10:14-15
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
The gospel isn’t for us to hoard for ourselves.
The vision for the new website, then, will be focusing on mission.
It will be two-pronged: one, connecting with and getting updates on our family as things develop; and two, providing a platform for you to discover and learn about mission opportunities for your family (short-, medium-, and long-term).
How can you help? I’m glad you asked…but that’s for next post.