One of the greatest excuses of our time is not having been “called” to global missions. You know how it goes, “Oh yeah, that’s not for me, I’m straight yo! God has not called me to go anywhere but to serve right here in (you fill in the blank).”
Jesus was pretty explicit when He told us to go. Now you tell me, does this sound like an option to consider, or a command to be obeyed?
“So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.” Matthew 28:19-21 Easy-to-Read for People-Who-Can’t-Read Version (ERV)
The command to go, make disciples of all nations (ethnic groups), and teach people to obey is not exclusive to a select few committed fanatics but for every person who professes to follow Jesus. We are all meant to be a part of God’s global redemptive purposes no matter where or who we are.
Uhhh, yea that sounds pretty hardcore you say, but what about the needs here? What about right here in our own backyard? The truth is there will always be more than enough resources and people to meet the needs of the West. God has not left our people without a witness. Yet there are dark places in the world where there is absolutely no witness. There are entire groups of people who don’t even have the word for Jesus in their language.
O.K., another question; so what about the fact that I can’t physically go? Some of you reading this may be beyond your years and you can’t just take off on a grand adventure to fight dragons like Bilbo Baggins. Maybe you don’t have any legs, literally; maybe you just lost them in a car accident and you sit in a wheelchair. Do you seriously believe that God has not given you the capacity to be involved in His global redemptive purposes because you got no legs? There are many ways to strategically engage in missions to the unreached through sending, praying, welcoming, learning, and mobilizing just to name a few.
God has given us the capacity to do everything He’s asked us to do. Everyone is called to be a part of reaching the nations but only a few go. Let’s not make anymore excuses. The only thing keeping you from going….is YOU.