My church has overwhelmed me with the response of obedience to this season of global mission giving. This is how we fulfill the Great Commission: together. The unity and faithfulness expressed in this offering is so encouraging!
I want to conclude this season of emphasis by saying this is not the conclusion. Giving of our resources is only the beginning of the call to give our lives. This is about being a World Christian. Not worldly Christian, World Christian.
If we want to be consistent in laying down our purposes in exchange for His purpose to reach the nations, it’s going to have to come from God and the Word. Lots of Scripture gets overlooked because we focus on the part about us. And the task becomes ignored or daunting. Either we don’t want to do it, or we don’t know what to do or how to do it. But God is not concerned with our ability, but our availability.*
We live in an age of unprecedented access and wealth. That’s why we need to look at leveraging our lives for the Kingdom. We can’t allow God’s blessings to become the very things that hold us back because we aren’t willing to sacrifice them. What if our children became arrows we shoot into the darkness, rather than setting them up to pursue the American Dream? What if our jobs become the entry-point into limited access countries? What if our time in retirement isn’t meant to be spent coasting out the remainder of our lives on the sideline?
We are each where we are in this time and this place to reach our neighborhood, our city, and the places God sends us around the world. I want to end by reading an excerpt from a book by Dr. Todd Ahrend, who is a mission mobilizer right here in Arkansas.
“The World Christian is a believer who has discovered the truth about God’s unfulfilled global purpose and His desire to reach all peoples… [Who] have reached the conclusion that God’s Word is a missions book… [Who] see the world through the filter of this biblical theme, which inevitably causes them to grow in knowledge and personal application… [Who] embraces a lifelong commitment to God’s purpose, doing whatever it takes—going or staying—to be strategically involved…
“The breadth of World Christianity [is this]: giving financially, interceding on behalf of the world, taking personal responsibility to care for those on the mission field, and personal missions education. Being a World Christian has nothing to do with location, profession, spiritual gifting, or calling; it has everything to do with the fact that we love and serve a missional God.
“If loving the nations feels too radical, redirect your love to God. He loves the nations and we love Him. That is enough.”*
God will accomplish His plan to reach all nations. Will we be a part of this privilege in willful obedience, being able to joyfully say in the end we have finished the work He gave us to do? Or will He accomplish the task by another means, and we find ourselves facing Him at the end with nothing to show for our faith in this life? Let’s not miss this. He is worth it!
(Quoted from The Abrahamic Revolution, by Dr. Todd Ahrend)