Twenty years ago, God called me to launch a missions organization. I left working at a large church to start something from nothing. Generation one. Nothing must become something. While this seemed like, and was, a daunting task, there were a few biblical principles that gave me confidence and faith. First, God has a habit of making something out of nothing. Second, God can do anything. I could say the collegiate-level word, He’s omnipotent – but honestly, when it comes to our real lives, we often take everything we have heard in our lifetime regarding God, and boil it down to very simple concepts and statements that we can hold on to. He is powerful. He is our healer. He is good. In my case, I knew enough about God after years of being in church and saturated in a Gospel environment, that I believed, and continue to believe, that God can do anything.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not to stop with us; it is to spread with us. We are Plan A, there is no Plan B.
If we know Jesus, we are obligated to tell the world; and not just the world in our own backyard. THE world.
In Romans 1:14-15, Paul writes: I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome.
So there it is – in black and white – right from the Word of God. We are obligated to evangelize in our own city and country, and also go out into all the world to cultures and places that are foreign to us. This is not an easy task, which is why many people do not want to engage in missions.
Right now, there are people fighting for their lives. For some, it is all around them—the poverty, the hunger, the sickness, the war, the political oppression, the demonic influences. There are people who will go to bed tonight and not know if they will wake up—maybe tonight is the night that their body gives out in the slums, or they will be a target of the militant forces around them, or they will be taken and trafficked, or they will hurt themselves or others because a leader of a false religion told them to. If all of these circumstances sound foreign to you, take a moment and thank God. Then follow that with a prayer request: God, how can I be used to see the Kingdom of Heaven expand on the Earth?
If it were not for Jesus and His love, I wonder if we would be driven to reach the lost out of mere sympathy. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”
The story of Jonah is the story of our lives as Christians: we are torn between our call, and our comfort. Jesus told us that our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak (Garden of Gethsemane, Matt. 26:41). Our comfort isn’t just liking the things we like, it also means avoiding the things we don’t like – anything that puts us in an uncomfortable position. Like sharing the Gospel, or leaving our zip code to travel for an actual mission trip.
I have found in life, that both good things and bad things can be hidden. Diamonds are expensive because their original geological form is found buried inside the Earth, then the process to transform them into priceless jewelry is also hidden to most of the world; while the information is available, most of us cannot describe every step of diamond production; nor does any singular person have the skill set to carry out each stage on their own. Now let’s look at something bad: trafficking. The stages of abduction, imprisonment, transporting, torture and sale of human beings is foreign to most people, except those in law enforcement and proactive ministries and organizations injecting themselves into the system so that it will stop. Evil primarily occurs in the dark – physically and metaphorically. Again, no singular person can facilitate an entire trafficking ring. Both with diamonds (good) and trafficking (bad), many people are required to achieve success.
Over the last few weeks, we have had 3 of our GI mission teams in 3 very different areas of the world: Asia, the Middle East, and Africa—a contrast of very different outreaches. Two out of the three were in the 10/40 window—which, if you’re not familiar with that term, it is “the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude.” (the Joshua Project).
If you have been watching the news, you will know that as of the time I am writing this, nearly 10,000 people have lost their lives in the area of Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. It is hard to not think about how truly devastating this is. As the stories of bravery and survival emerge, it almost becomes more heartbreaking….
This is a special year for Global Infusion – it is our 20th anniversary; and while we will have a time of celebration, I believe it is more important to remember what Jesus did for us, what He commissioned us to do, and follow His example. …
Does your church have a building where services are held? Not every church has one. A church-planting friend of mine in Asia wrote an article outlining the reasons why it is important to have a church building or structure in the villages where they work. Many believers around the world do not have an actual place to go for worship; many meet outside or in homes. Some of these homes are made of sticks and thatched roofs.