Has it ever crossed your mind that there will be something you cannot do when we enter the Kingdom of God? I am not talking about pain, suffering or sin but rather something good that is a command straight from our savior, Jesus Christ.
In the new Heaven and new Earth, God’s perfect and sovereign plan will reign supreme. All of creation will be triumphantly praising the name of the Lord. Missions is the one incredible thing that will be absent from a place where only holy perfection is welcome.
In Matthew 28, Jesus gives his disciples and all Christians the single greatest homework assignment of all, The Great Commission:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This commission is the foundation of WorldReach week here at Valleydale. Understanding missions is vital to church vision and the individual, personal relationship with God. It is, “why we do what we do.”
Dr. John Piper said, “Missions exist because worship doesn’t.” The ultimate goal of the church is not missions; it is worship. Our yearning to worship is showing the supremacy of God because He is ultimate. God sends his church on mission for His ultimate glory.
In the Apostle John’s account in Revelation 5, “…and I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea and all of them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’”
If worship is the end goal and not missions, then why do we do missions? Our hearts should be filled with the Holy Spirit and in a state of worship while we love others in Jesus’ name. As we minister, participate in missions and give our lives to Christ, we should constantly be in a state of worship to our Father. The reason why we go on mission is to create more worshippers.
So the next time you hear about an information meeting for the (insert location here) mission trip, remember the purpose behind why we are called to be missionaries. It just might change how you look at missions.
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