The hope of missions is to see “a cluster of growing congregations in every segment” of the world. This dream will never be achieved if the Church continues to sit on the sidelines, distracted by worldly motivations. God’s church must wake up to her global responsibility to “go into all the world.” When the Church totally embraces her role as God’s instrument to fulfill His mission and proclaim His name and His fame to a world that does not know Him, then the hope of missions may finally be realized.
Why do we give of our resources and talents for missions? Why do we offer our lives to serve in the foreign field? Why do we do missions? Because God deserves our worship. God deserves the worship of all of His creation. John Piper writes, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” Until the whole world worships the Lamb of God who was slain to save their souls the job of missions will not cease.
When we do missions for His sake, so that the Lamb that was slain would receive the reward of his suffering, it’s devotion rooted in love. May we echo Isaiah’s response to God’s call, “‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And he said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
Here am I. Send me!