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From the beginning, God's mission statement and vision was for His people, be they Adam and Eve, Abraham, Israel or the church, to fill the earth with the knowledge of Him. He put it in many different ways all through history, so we wouldn't miss the point. The corporate world got the idea for a mission statement or a vision from the Word. They realized how you can't go any where when you don't know where you're going. How about you?
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
Gen. 12.1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Ex. 19.5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (All of Israel were to be God's priests to the rest of the world! They rejected and did not fulfill this ministry, so God went to the gentiles.)
Mt. 28.18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, (nations=ethnos, where we get ethnic group, not political nations we have on our map) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Here the emphasis is on discipling, teaching, etc., in other words multiplication. If I reach one and make them a discipler and the next year we both reach one and make them a discipler, and this continues, in 25 years, the world will be reached. If I win one a day for 25 years with no discipleship, 6025 people will be reached.)
Mark 16.15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (In case we miss someone in an ethnic group, here Jesus refines it to every creature. The emphasis is on the miraculous following the word. That's what happened in the early church, and many came to Jesus quite quickly.)
John 20.21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (We are to be instruments, ministers of forgiveness. As we speak it into others when they receive the Lord, it will impact them forever.)
Acts 1.8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Often we read this (and I've heard it preached this way) that the disciples (and we are to follow their example) were to start in Jerusalem and then go on. But Jesus said to do it all simultaneously. In other words, if they weren't going themselves, which they were supposed to, they should at least be sending others.)
Romans 1.14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Paul and we are in debt to sophisticated and not, to wise and otherwise, to religious and non.
2 Cor. 5.14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (We are compelled by Christ's love to reach the world. He gave us all the ministry of reconciliation, the word of reconciliation, and we are sent out as His ambassadors of reconciliation.)
This applies to all Christians around the world. That sounds obvious, but it isn't to many. Over 1/2 of the world's population hasn't heard the name of Jesus once. Not even John 3.16 has been translated into many of their languages. So none of us are exempt. We all have a part to play. Our job, then, is to seek the Lord as to what He specifically wants us to do, when, where, how, etc. You never know if you will be the key to unlocking a people group to be open to the Gospel. There are unreached people groups moving next door to you, at work, school, etc. all the time. Seek the Lord for how to reach them!
If, for some reason, you are able to convince God that you aren't to go overseas, or before and after you go, there are things you can do to further the cause. None of us are excused from God's mission statement if we're going to be a part of His company, if He's truly the boss.
We can send: Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
How do we send?
We can pray: Ps 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (The world is ours for the asking.) Isaiah 37.21 Thus says the Lord, “Because you have prayed to me...” Eze. 22.30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Lk. 10.2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Eph. 6.18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Here are some specifics we can pray for:
v Open doors for ministry, divine appointments every step along the way (1 Cor. 16.9)
v Anointing on each for supernatural, inspired works
v Team unity as well as unity with the national ministers
v A mighty harvest of souls and building up of the body of Christ
v God’s provision for traveling & ministry expenses
v Health, protection, and strength
v Guidance every step of the way
v God would thrust laborers into the fields now ripe for harvest (those who would intercede, give and go, giving their lives even as He did)
v Traveling mercies
v Families and loved ones left behind
v For notable signs & wonders to follow the message everywhere it is preached
v Preparation of hearts for the ministry that is coming their way.
v That leaders and workers would be raised up and edified, Spirit filled, and used in gifts and miracles. Mt. 9:38
v God will draw people that are hungry and thirsty for Him to the missionary so that they can minister to them. Mt. 5:6, Is. 55.12
v That the spirits of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge will come over the missionaries and other workers. Is. 11.2,3
v Lift up the missionary that each and every day they will have freedom of utterance, opening their mouths boldly and with confidence, courageously as they ought. Eph. 6:19
v That they will be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. 1 Cor. 15.58
v Spiritual eyes of the people would be opened to see the truths of God and His kingdom. 2 Cor. 4:4 Eph 1:17-19 Col. 1:9-12
v That all barriers to homes, going door to door, and ministry on the street would be broken down. Rev. 3: 7-8
v That God would give the missionaries imagination and creativity as they minister and teach.
v Pray that God will raise up laborers (Mt. 9:38): More prayer supporters, more financial supporters (in number and amount), more people to go to work as a "TEAM"
v That the missionaries would be sensitive to hear and obey the specific voice and will of God. Jn. 10.27
v "Every day Christians" would get the vision that every person is a minister and soldier for God. Pr. 29:18 2 Cor 5:21 Eph. 6:10-18
v That God will put Christians into leadership positions, that God will grant favor to Christian causes, and that Christians will use their authority in the land. Pr. 2:21-22 16:10,12-13 20:28 21:1 29:2
v Pray for all levels of government of the country, state or province, and city, that the believers may lead a tranquil, quiet, and fruitful life (including all the missionaries). 1 Tim. 2:1-2
v Legal red tape will be loosed for visas, permits, and projects for all Christian causes. Mt. 10:19-20 16:19 Rev. 3:7-8
v That phone calls, mail, and money will not be bound up in any way. Mt. 16.19
v Please intercede that all needed finances will be supplied and loosed from the north, south, east, and west. Mt. 16.19 Phil. 4:19
v Intercede also that no weapon formed against the missionary will prosper. Is. 54.17
v Pray over them that they will be totally protected from any enemy attack in any area. Ps. 91
v Bind the strong man over the continent, country, state or province, and city from working in any way. Mt. 16:19 Eph. 6:12 Mt. 12:29
v Loose the people of the continent, country, state or province, and city from demonic bondage of sin, materialism, idolatry, witchcraft, greed, inferiority, pride, religion, drug abuse and rebellion (or whatever sins are typical of the area). Bind the demons of these areas from working in any way. Mt. 16:19 Eph 6:12
We can give: Dt. 8.18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to The poor: his righteousness remains forever. 10 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God.
Crutches On The Altar
One day a minister received a request from a missionary society to preach a missionary sermon to be followed by a collection for a certain foreign field. The minister put his whole soul into the effort, encouraging the people to give cheerfully for the Lord's work. After the sermon the collection basket was passed as usual; but the minister watched the result with depressed feelings as only small amounts were dropped in. Evidently his words had not reached the hearts of his hearers.
He noticed how those who were well able to give kept looking at the time, anxious to be out and about other things. On the last bench, in the meantime, a battle was waging in the heart of a poorly clad girl. Through an accident, Margaret had been crippled. She could not take a step without assistance. One day a kind lady procured a pair of crutches for her, and since then her life had been much happier.
This Sunday she ventured for the first time to church. What a great blessing it was to be able to listen to the Gospel once more. As the usher came near with the basket, Margaret said to herself with a sad heart, "I have nothing to give - not a cent - and there in the foreign land the missionaries are expecting our gifts; they need so much to carry on their work. Oh, what can I do?"
These thoughts went through her mind and made her shudder. "My new crutches could be sold for a sum of money, but I cannot spare them; I must have them; they are my very life." "Yes, your life", said a voice within; "but did not Christ give His life for you? If you give what is your life, some poor souls in Africa will hear that He is their Savior too. Oh, if you only would!"
Finally a glow came over her face. She pressed a kiss on the crutches and waited her heart pounding. The collection basket came to where Margaret sat. The usher knew her well. He gave a friendly nod and was about to pass on. To his astonishment, she made an effort to lay the crutches on the basket.
The man grasped the situation, took the crutches out of her hand, put them on the basket and carried them slowly through the aisle, laying them without a word on the altar. Everyone watched him in breathless suspense. They all knew the young girl, and many eyes filled with tears. The minister, deeply affected, laid his hand on the crutches and repeated solemnly the words of Jesus: "She has done what she could".
What a stir this incident made in the meeting! Suddenly the perspiration came on the banker's brow, and he wiped his face with his handkerchief as he pulled out his pocketbook. The rich lady fumbled about for her purse. The rich merchant whispered something in the ear of the usher, who passed the collection basket once more from bench to bench.
This time money came like raindrops. Quietly and solemnly the people left the church. One lady stepped up to Margaret and gave back her new crutches. She had redeemed them for the benefit of the missionaries for the sum of one hundred dollars. The happy girl returned home, little realizing how much she had done that day for her Master.
We can support by communicating and sending teachings: Prov 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
We should do that out of obedience, but we will receive the same reward as those who go: 1 Sam 30:22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. 23 Then said David, You shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand. 24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? But as his part is that goes down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarries by the stuff: they shall part alike. 25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.