Missions flows in the blood of our Church, because the blood of our Lord is shed for missions.
We cannot call ourselves a Christian and and yet ignore the Call of Missions!
For us, it is ALL Members for Missions! Missions Sunday is a time to renew, recommit and recapture a Vision for Missions!
The question to ask ourselves, "What drives our missions?"
The easiest and quickest way to inspire hearts is to show us the desperate need of the nations.
It'd be wicked indeed if we simply hide in the comfort of our life, and shut our eyes and ears to the desperate cries of the world.
Proverbs 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
John 4:35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Jeremiah 8:20 "The harvest is PAST, the summer has ENDED, and we are NOT SAVED."
May our eyes and ears be open to the DEATH and POVERTY around us, both physically and spiritually.
May we bring HEALING and HOPE to the nations, and bring them HOME to the family of God.
But I want us to also understand that missions has a higher and deeper driving force of motivation.
Revelation 7:9-12 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"
The focus here is shifted from earth to heaven, from man to God, from works to worship!
It's this vision of a countless multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, worshipping and praising God for all eternity, that is the real driving force of our missions.
To borrow a phrase by author and pastor, John Piper, "Missions exist because worship doesn't."
As the worship song says,
I was made to worship,
I was made for Your embrace
I was made for worship
I was made to bless Your name
Anywhere that true WORSHIP is not found, that's where MISSIONS must take place.
Missions must go on and on, UNTIL the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Missions must go on and on, UNTIL every knee should bow at the name of Jesus, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Missions must go on and on, UNTIL there is worship of our true and living God everywhere on earth and eternally in heaven.
Look around us, are there people who are yet to worship the Lord our God? Our missions must go on!
What Drives Our Missions?
1. It's not Human Guilt but Divine Glory
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Missions is to restore the glory of God on earth, as it is in heaven.
2. It's not Cheap Sympathy but Costly Sacrifice
Missions is sacrifice, but the greatest sacrifice is made by Jesus our Lord, who paid with His blood and His life. Don't let His sacrifice go to waste!
We can't keep the good news to ourselves, got to share it with others.
3. It's not Temporal Works but Eternal Worship
Can you see yourself among the COUNTLESS MULTITUDES in worship at the throne?
Can you see your family and friends in worship at the throne?
Can you see your colleagues and neighbours in worship at the throne?
Can you see the nations in worship at the throne?
Let the vision of eternal worship at the throne drives us in missions!
Total participation in missions by Praying, Giving and Going!
Is there a reward for missions? Definite YES!
The personal reward of joy and satisfaction in seeing lives changed, families healed, nations transformed!
The spiritual reward of growth in faith, hope and love!
The eternal reward of divine favour, blessings and inheritance!
But what is the greatest reward of missions?
The greatest reward is not for us but for HIM! Missions is for HIM!
“May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”
– Moravian Missionary Cry
What's the reward of His suffering?
Salvation of the lost, disciple-making of all nations, building of a glorious church to be His bride!
In order to understand the profound impact of Christ's suffering and reward, I refer your attention to Revelation 5:1-5,
1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals."
God is the One sitting on the throne. It is the throne of the universe. The seat of ruler-ship and control over all creation.
God holds in His hand a book, or rather, a scroll. The scroll is written inside and on the back, which means that it is completed, final, nothing else can be added onto it.
The scroll is a title deed of inheritance. In this case, the inheritance to all nations and all mankind.
Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
The scroll is sealed up with seven seals. Only the appointed heir can open and lay claim to it.
John began to weep greatly because NO ONE was found worthy to open the book or to look into it.
No one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, absolutely no one!
Think of all the people, however good and noble, rich and powerful, beautiful and talented, NONE qualifies, NO ONE is worthy to open the scroll.
EXCEPT the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, and He is none other than the Lord JESUS CHRIST!
Revelation 5:6-7 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Jesus is the Lion of Judah, the reigning King and Lord of all.
Jesus is also the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world, the Saviour of all mankind.
Once Jesus took the scroll from the Father, in v.8-14 all heaven and all creation rejoiced and worshipped.
The great sacrifice of Jesus resulted in the great salvation of all!
But salvation will be meaningless unless there is also judgement.
In Chapter 6-19 Jesus broke the 7 seals to release judgement and restore the rebellious earth back to the Kingdom of God. This is the time of the 7-Year Great Tribulation upon the earth.
Now is the time of salvation, now is the time to preach the good news, now is the time of missions.
May we bring to Jesus the Lamb of God, the reward of His sacrifice.
4 Things We Must Do:
1. Let Us Pray Passionately
2. Let Us Give Generously
3. Let Us Share Strategically
4. Let Us Worship Whole-Heartedly
Revelation 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."
The greatest reward of missions is for Jesus, and may we never stop until He receives the full reward of His sufferings!