The very definition of a pioneer is someone who goes where no else will. Someone who does something that no other person is willing to do. Someone who envisions far beyond what others can see.
Jesus was the greatest pioneer.
The Son of God laid aside his heavenly glory and went to the deepest reaches of earth and hell. He took on flesh and was born among animals and shepherds. He grew up a poor carpenter’s son and went on to die and rise from the grave…freeing the world of sin, darkness and death. He sees a future kingdom of peace, where people from every language, tribe and nation will sing of his greatness and glory forever.
Paul was the greatest pioneer.
Out of all the original apostles, Paul, a former executioner of Christians, went farther than anyone else, crossing oceans, cultures and hostile lands. He became a slave and was beat, stoned and imprisoned all while sharing the Good News and making disciples along the way. He saw a future kingdom of peace, where people from every language, tribe and nation will sing of God’s greatness and glory forever.
The Church is the greatest pioneer.
Thriving communities of people living on mission for God’s fame has sent ambassadors into every continent on earth. They are made up of ordinary leaders gifted with heavenly qualities; Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelistic, Sheparding and Teaching…all purposed to die for the expansion of the body of Christ. They see a future kingdom of peace, where people from every language, tribe and nation will sing of God’s greatness and glory forever.
Are you a pioneer?
This holiday season are you willing to go where no one else will go? Start small. It can be as simple as taking cookies across the street to a lost neighbor or going downtown to feed the homeless. Are you willing to do what others are not willing to do? It can be as simple as praying for strangers at the hospital or sharing your testimony with lost families members around Christmas dinner. Can you see far beyond what others can see? It can be as simple as looking at a map and praying for unreached tribes and people groups of the world or welcoming local refugees into your home.
True kingdom pioneers see a future kingdom of peace, where people from every language, tribe and nation will sing of God’s greatness and glory forever…and they are willing to do whatever it takes to see that vision fulfilled, even if it means going themselves.