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"Sing to the Lord,
bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to
day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all
peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be
feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But
the Lord made the heavens. ....Say among the nations, “The
Lord reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be
moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
....For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall
judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth."
Psalm 96:2-4; 10 & 13 NKJV
What is a MISSIONARY?
Somewhere between saintliness and
foolishness we find a curious creature called a missionary. Missionaries
come in assorted sizes, weights, and colours, but all are sent by the one
Lord who commanded His people to evangelize.
Missionaries are found everywhere: going to, lifting up, launching out,
coming from, staying with, bringing around, bearing with, and standing for.
Christians love them, governments tolerate them, parents pity them, pagans
ignore them, and Christ protects them. A missionary is truth with a broken
jeep axle in its hand, beauty with a sick child in its arms, wisdom with a
Bible in their pocket, and hope with Christ in their heart.
A missionary has the patience of a fisherman, the audacity of a tightrope
walker, the carefulness of a bookkeeper, the vision of a dreamer, the
strength of a builder, the intelligence of a teacher, the wit of a humorist,
the irresponsibility of a child, and when he/she attempts something, they
are all prayer.
They like letters from home, children, preaching, mission recruits,
returning from furlough, faith promise rallies, tracts, printing presses,
radio stations, translators, mission boxes, airplanes, villages, Bible
studies, cities, correspondence courses, and bookstores. He/she is not much
for high pressure promotion, red tape devaluation of the dollar, lukewarm
faith, hypocrisy and discrimination. Nobody else is so quick to care, and so
slow to give up. Nobody else gets so much fun out of crocodiles, boiled
rice, elephants, pet cobras, earthquakes, visas, monsoons, droughts, and
A missionary is an unusual creature: you can send them to a far off country,
but you had better not forget them. You can get him/her out of our hair, but
not out of your heart. They are your servant, your right hand, your
dependent, a Bible-preaching, God-fearing, God-serving, self-sharing bundle
of love. When you come to church with that smug feeling that you are a
pretty super Christian, they can shatter it with the simple words, "Come on
over and help us."
A missionary needs the wisdom of an owl, the tenacity of a bulldog, the
daring of a lion, the patience of a donkey, the versatility of a chameleon,
the vision of an eagle, the melody of the nightingale, the meekness of a
lamb, the tact of a politician, the hide of a rhinoceros, the disposition of
an angel, the resignation of an incurable, the faithfulness of a prophet,
the tenderness of a shepherd, the fervency of an evangelist, the devotion of
a mother, the sacrifice of a martyr, and the loyalty of an apostle.
But, missionaries are not born, they are made. They are made out of the
ordinary run of individuals. The basic qualification is not intellectualism,
but a yielded spirit, a devotion to the will of God, and a deep sense of
CHAMBERS - author of the daily devotional, "My
Utmost For His Highest"
A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ
just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of
people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service
for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the
inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make
it conform to our definition of success. But in the New Testament the
inspiration is put behind us, and is the Lord Jesus Himself. The goal is to be
true to Him— to carry out His plans.
Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the one thing
that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s
call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human
sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by
Jesus. The needs are so enormous, and the conditions so difficult, that every
power of the mind falters and fails. We tend to forget that the one great
reason underneath all missionary work is not primarily the elevation of the
people, their education, nor their needs, but is first and foremost the command
of Jesus Christ— "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." ( Matt 28:19 ).
When looking back on the lives of men and women of God, the tendency is to say,
"What wonderfully keen and intelligent wisdom they had, and how perfectly they
understood all that God wanted!" But the keen and intelligent mind behind them
was the mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom
when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited
through childlike people who were "foolish" enough to trust God’s wisdom and
His supernatural equipment. "If I then, your Lord and Master, have
washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." John 13:14
Ministering as opportunity surrounds us does not mean selecting our
surroundings, it means being very selectedly God's in any haphazard
surroundings which He engineers for us. The characteristics we manifest in our
immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other
surroundings. The things that Jesus did were of the most menial and commonplace
order, and this is an indication that it takes all God's power in me to do the
most commonplace things in His way. Can I use a towel as He did? Towels and
dishes and sandals, all the ordinary sordid things of our lives, reveal more
quickly than anything what we are made of. It takes God Almighty Incarnate in
us to do the meanest duty as it ought to be done. "I have given you an example
that you should do as I have done to you."
Watch the kind of
people God brings around you, and you will be humiliated to find that this is
His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him. Now, He
says, exhibit to that one exactly what I have shown to you. "Oh," you say, "I
will do all that when I get out into the foreign field." To talk in this way is
like trying to produce the munitions of war in the trenches - you will be
killed while you are doing it. We have to go the "second mile" with God. Some
of us get played out in the first ten yards, because God compels us to go where
we cannot see the way, and we say - "I will wait till I get nearer the big
crisis." If we do not do the running steadily in the little ways, we shall do
nothing in the crisis. "And now, says the Lord, that formed me from the womb to
be His servant." Isaiah 49:5
first thing that happens after we have realized our election to God in Christ
Jesus is the destruction of our prejudices and our parochial notions and our
patriotisms; we are turned into servants of God's own purpose. The whole human
race was created to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever. Sin has switched the
human race on to another tack, but it has not altered God's purpose in the
tiniest degree; and when we are born again we are brought into the realization
of God's great purpose for the human race, viz., I am created for God, He made
me. This realization of the election of God is the most joyful realization on
earth, and we have to learn to rely on the tremendous creative purpose of God.
The first thing God
will do with us is to "force through the channels of a single heart" the
interests of the whole world. The love of God, the very nature of God, is
introduced into us, and the nature of Almighty God is focused in John 3:16 -
"God so loved the world. . ." We have to maintain our soul open to the
fact of God's creative purpose, and not muddle it with our own intentions. If
we do, God will have to crush our intentions on one side however much it may
hurt. The purpose for which the missionary is created is that he may be God's
servant, one in whom God is glorified. When once we realize that through the
salvation of Jesus Christ we are made perfectly fit for God, we shall
understand why Jesus Christ is so ruthless in His demands. He demands absolute
rectitude from His servants, because He has put into them the very nature of
God. Beware lest you forget God's purpose for your life.
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MINISTRIES - founded by Keith & Melody Green
A Christian missionary is a person
whose passion is to make the Lord Jesus known to the whole world. They are
completely under the command of King Jesus, and they will go anywhere, under
any circumstances, for no pay, with poor living conditions and food, even
though no one ever notices. They know that their Sovereign is watching every
minute, and that is the only reward and joy they seek.
We see in the Bible that all Christians should continually be seeking every
opportunity to lead the unsaved to Christ no matter where they are, for this
is the privilege of every believer. But I believe that too many people use
the word “missionary” too lightly - it's a term that has become misused in
our everyday “Christian vocabulary.” Too many justify their not obeying the
call of the Lord to go to the front lines of the battlefield, by saying they
are “missionaries where they are.” I believe that “being a missionary” in
the truest sense of the word is taking the Gospel where it has never been
before, or at least to a different culture or a different language group. A
true missionary is someone who will risk everything for the sake of the lost
of this world.
Of course, as in every battle, not everyone can be on the front lines, for
there are many things that are needed to aid those who are. But you must be
clearly called by the Lord to stay away from those front lines before you
can be assured that you are in the will of God. It is obviously true that
many Christians are called to reach out to the lost in the ghettos, red
light districts, and homosexual communities in their own areas. And there
are always those faithful wives and mothers who diligently let Christ be
known to their doctors, plumbers, and P.T.A. groups. These things bless
God's heart, there's no doubt about it. Someone who loves Jesus should
always be ministering His love no matter where they are. But every Christian
should always be willing, ready, and “on-call” to leave everything at the
command of their General, and go to a different “battlefield” to war against
the king of darkness, bringing healing and light to “free the captives.”
The goal of a true missionary is to please and glorify their God by
delivering the whole world into His hands and under His rule. It doesn't
matter where they are stationed, for they are always at home in their
Father's arms, no matter what the landscape or the language may be. They are
only “aliens and strangers” (I Peter2:11), and they are not concerned with
trivial things like location or comfort. They are God's soldiers, perhaps
hidden to our eyes, but always evident to His. Please, seek Him to see if
you might be privileged to take the Gospel to those who have never heard it.
What Shall I Do?
Be Available - Abandon yourself to God
and to His call on your life. Tell Him you will go anywhere and do anything
that He shows you as His will for you.
Be Informed - Don't hide behind
ignorance. Gather all the information you can so you can pray and seek the
Lord intelligently. Subscribe to missions publications and make it a
priority to know what's going on in the world. If you know where the needs
are, it will be easier for you to meet some of them.
Be Inspired - Checkout our booklist and
get hold of some inspiring biographies of Christian missionaries. You'll
find out that most "missionary greats" are just common people who decided
to let their love for God and their love for the lost overrule their own
desires in life - allowing God to use them in bold and wonderful ways.
Expect An Open Door - Expect God to give
you an opportunity to fully serve Him through this new information you are
exposing yourself to. Then when He opens the door - walk through it!
Working for God full-time is a noble and viable career option!
The harvest is ready,
but the workers are few. The time is short.
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