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In just a few hours I will depart with two other men for Africa to take part in a short term Mission project. As I sit here in my living room this morning I could not help but ask the question, who really cares about Missions? Here is what I know for certain…
God Cares– Consider these passages
Ezekiel 18:21-23 (NET) “But if the wicked person turns from all the sin he has committed and observes all my statutes and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die. 18:22 None of the sins he has committed will be held against him; because of the righteousness he has done, he will live. 18:23 Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?
Ezekiel 18:31-32 (NET) Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!Why should you die, O house of Israel? 18:32 For I take no delight in the death of anyone, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and live!
Matt 18:12-14 (NET) 18:12 What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray?18:13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 18:14 In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.
John 3:16-17 (NET) 3:16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and onlySon, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
Jesus Cares-Consider these passages
Luke 19:10 (NET)19:10 For the Son of Man cameto seek and to save the lost.”
Mark 2:15-17 (NET) 2:15 As Jesus was having a meal in Levi’s home, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 2:16 When the experts in the law and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 2:17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Acts 1:8 (NET) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”
Heaven Cares-Consider this passage
Luke 15:8-10 (NET) 15:8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”
The real question is do we really care? We all know that God, Jesus and Heaven care, but do we? Many say they care about missions but their actions don’t show they care. God, Jesus, and Heaven all showed they cared through action. God showed He cared by sacrificing His one and only son. What sacrifices are you willing to make? Jesus showed He cared by going. He came to earth to complete the mission assigned to Him. I don’t believe everyone is called to go to Africa, but I do believe all Christians are called to go someplace. It may be across the street, across the hall, or across town, but if we care about missions it will be marked by our going. Finally we see that heaven cares through its excitement, and rejoicing. When was the last time you rejoiced over the salvation of another? Should that not be the most thrilling experience for all believers, when we see a soul changed by God? Consider this today, are you just saying you care about missions, or do you really care? I have asked myself the same question, and been challenged by it this day.
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