Foundations of missions: Our Calling (part 4)
Continued from: Foundations of missions: Our Calling (part 3)
“…to appoint you as
You are called first to be a servant.
What does Jesus appoint us to do? First, he calls us to learn the role of a
servant. This may have been easier to
learn in Jesus’ day when class distinctions and slave status were prevalent.
Self-centered Christians by definition have never made Jesus
Lord of their lives. He is their savior
but not their master. We have become a
church of takers rather than servants.
Gen. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the
measure of his surrender.” Have you
surrendered your house, your car, your dreams, your family to Jesus? Only after we take up
His agenda can
His commission. If you’ve done so, then, with Paul, you’ve taken on the role of a servant.
“…and as a witness…”
are next called to be a witness.
A witness is one who testifies. We are called to testify to what we know of
Jesus. We know for example, that Jesus
has given us the gift of eternal life.
We know that he desires to give that same gift to everyone else, that he
burned with a desire to minister to the lost.
We need to be consumed by that same desire.
Charles Spurgeon said, “Oh that the Lord would saturate us
through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.”
We have failed to understand Christ’s heart for the
lost. K.P. Yohannan says,
“Christ meant his church to be
primarily a missionary organization. The
body of Christ is the living presence of a God whose heart is pounding with a
passion for lost and dying souls. Jesus
was always pressing on to preach the Gospel in the next village. His heart’s cry was for the dead and dying,
for the lost, sick and undone. And the
heart of every true disciple who follows in the steps of Jesus will be the
same. We must be willing, as he was, to
let everything go for the sake of lost souls.”
Have we taken on the role of a witness? Are we bothered by the fact that the world is
perishing? Are we looking for ways to
boldly give an account of what God is doing in our lives?
Continued in: Foundations of missions: Our Calling (part 5)