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Which Of These Churches Will Our Church Be?

Prevailing Attitude in Church “A”:

  1. Our blessings outweigh our responsibilities.
  2. Missions is that annual weekend event for taking Faith Promise pledges.
  3. Only those who are super spiritual or those who are “called” get involved in missions.
  4. Other than during the Faith Promise weekend, missions is rarely mentioned.
  5. Adults decide on their own if God is “calling” them into missions.
  6. It’s O.K. if you insist on going on a short-term missions trip for a week or two.
  7. The average attendee in this church can only name 2-3 Scripture verses that deal with missions.
  8. In a financial pinch, the first thing that reduces is missions giving.
  9. Most members don’t know who their adopted missionaries are or where they are serving.
  10. Meetings focusing on missions aren’t held very often and are poorly attended.
  11. World Missions gets the minimum funding suggested. (10% or less of the church’s income)
  12. Missions is a “necessary evil” that occasionally intrudes on the real ministry of the church.

Prevailing Attitude of Church “B”:

  1. Our blessings bring equal responsibilities.
  2. World evangelization permeates church life throughout the year.
  3. Every member expects to have some role in the global harvest.
  4. God’s heart for the nations is heard in almost every service.
  5. Church leadership continually challenges couples and singles to consider going overseas.
  6. Going on short-term or missions trips is the expected norm.
  7. The average lay member of this congregation can name several verses, knowing God’s heart for all nations is the theme of the Bible.
  8. Missions needs are met even before the electric bill is paid.
  9. Most know who the church’s adopted missionaries are, where they serve, and what their needs are.
  10. Mission information and prayer times are mainstream.
  11. The church has a goal of giving no less than 25% of its income to world missions.
  12. World evangelization is seen as half the reason the church exists.

“The mission of the Church is missions.”– Unknown

Wanted, World Christians by J Herbert Kane (page 187-188)

If I were an artist I would paint a picture in two parts.  On the right I would have a large round table with three place settings–one for the father and one each for a son and a daughter.  On this table I would place all kinds of good things to eat–meat, fish, fowl, cabbage, beans, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.  I would have various kinds of potato–fried, baked, and mashed.  For dessert I would have a choice of pastry, pie or ice cream or an assortment of fruit–peaches, pears, oranges, and bananas.  For a beverage the two children would have Coke, Sprite, Orange Crush, or Mountain Dew; the father would have tea, coffee or cocoa.

On the other side of my picture I would have another table, with nine place settings, one for the mother and one for each of the eight children.  At each place setting I would have a glass of water, a bowl of soup, and a crust of bread.

And I would call my work of art, “The American Family at Dinner.”  You would come along and inspect my picture and read the caption and shake your head saying, “No! No! That’s a lie.  From Maine to California there isn’t a single family in which that kind of wealth and that kind of poverty can be found.  We have rich families and they share their riches.  We have poor families and they share their poverty; but no matter where you look you won’t find a single family that combines that kind of wealth and that kind of poverty.  That picture is a lie.”

And you would be right!  The picture is a lie.  But suppose I were to change the title and call my work of art, “The Human Family at Dinner.”  I should be precisely on the mark.  That is how the human family lives–part in poverty that beggars description and part in wealth that borders on the obscene.

Prepare for God to call us

How do we prepare for God to call us? We must thus prepare our hearts for the call of God. For this we make several suggestions:

From the book A Biblical Theology of Missions by Peters — page 278-279

  1. Make sure your body has become a living and sanctified sacrifice unto the Lord (Ro 12:1–2).
  2. Make sure there is no conscious sin dulling your spiritual ear and spiritual sight (Eph 1:18; Col 1:9).
  3. Make sure there are no preconceived personal plans and preferences (Ps. 25:9).
  4. Make sure you obey God daily and gladly in the little things of everyday life. Practice obedience to God and man (Lk 19:17; 1 Sa 15:22).
  5. Make sure you are willing to go and to be used anywhere (Jn 7:17).
  6. Form the habit of daily prayer, Bible study, and private meditations before the Lord (Josh 1:8; Ps 77:12; 119:15, 25, 45).
  7. Form the habit of waiting patiently upon the Lord and expect Him to direct every step of your everyday life and doing (Pr 3:6; Ps 23:3).
  8. Study carefully the Word of God relative to the purposes of God for the Christian life and the Christian church. Get saturated with the Word of God (Ps.119:11, 104–5).
  9. Study carefully the great spiritual needs of our day and prepare to meet them. Get a world vision and a world burden (Jn 4:35).
  10. Spend much time in intercessory prayer for the cause and ministry of Christ at home and abroad (Mt 9:37–38).
  11. Pray regularly and earnestly that God will make His will and call definite to you (Ps 25:4; 27:11; 143:8).
  12. Rest assuredly in the promises of God and expect Him to meet you according to your need. He will make His will and calling sure (Ps 37:5, 7a; 32:8). The clarity, depth and definiteness of the call of God will depend to a great extent upon the quality of the heart, the intensity of our fellowship with the Lord, and the degree of our willingness to obey the Master in His command and commission.

Consider this about the call By Dan Truax

There is no more direct call than a command, and we have a command.

There is no more precise command than a written command and we have a written command.

There is no more authoritative command than that of a king, and we have a command from a King.

There is no more powerful king than Jesus the King of Kings. How then can we say we have not been called?

Why Didn’t You Let Us Know? By elderly Indian woman who receive Christ

You have had the Gospel message,

you have known a saviors love;

Your dear ones passed from Cristian homes,

To the Blessed land above.

Why did you let our father’s die,

And into silence go?

With no thought of Christ to comfort,

Why didn’t you let us know?

Why didn’t you tell us sooner?

The words came sad and low;

O ye who knew the Gospel truths,

Why didn’t you let us know?

The Savior died for those who sin,

He died to save from woe;

But we never heard the story,

Why didn’t you let us know?

There is an Urgency at Harvest Time

Too long I’ve laid me down to sleep

And prayed the Lord my soul to keep.

I should wake before I die,

And realize time is passing by

And rise and go and tell the lost

Despite my plans, despite the cost.

Too long I’ve laid me down to sleep

While multitudes about me weep

And utter cries of dark despair

While many do not seem to care.

My life is short and soon I’ll stand

With sinners blood upon my hand.

Unless I wake before I die

And realize time is passing by.

A Fool For Christ by Missionary Ezra Brainard

I could pursue a life of fun and ease,

With riches, games, and other things that please.

The hardships of my path I could evade

And follow steps my Lord has never laid;

But leaving all my hopes and dreams behind,

I trust that greater riches I shall find.

I glory in my weakness and my pain ~

For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.

 

I could pursue acceptance from all men

And fear the grave, the stake, the lion’s den.

I could pursue a well-known, honored name ~

And seek approval, praise, and earthly fame.

I choose instead affliction with my Lord,

Esteeming His reproach as my reward.

I glory in my weakness and my pain ~

For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.

 

To live for Christ is foolish to the world ~

But when the sinners into hell are hurled,

And fools for Christ have not a single fear,

Then who was truly foolish will be clear.

 

Without exception every man’s a fool ~

I choose for Christ, and bear the ridicule.

I glory in my weakness and my pain ~

For earthly loss will bring eternal gain.