Summary: Four good reasons we should be sharing our faith with others.
FOUR CALLS OF MISSIONS
At age twelve, Robert Louis Stevenson (who later wrote Treasure Island) was looking out into the dark from his upstairs window watching a man light the streetlamps. Stevenson’s governess came into the room and asked what he was doing. He replied, "I am watching a man cut holes in the darkness." I see this as a marvelous picture of what our task should be as sharers of God’s light--people who are busy cutting holes in the spiritual darkness of our world.
Are you motivated in missions? Let me suggest a few reasons why you should be:
2 Cor 5:11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
1. The Commission from Heaven Above (vs. 18) – we are given the ministry of reconciliation
The first call to missions is the fact that Jesus Himself said GO! That in itself should be enough for us. If our commanding officer says go than we need to follow his orders until He tells us to stop.
Matt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
The term POSTHASTE goes back to the time of Henry VIII. Postmasters were given relays of horses to carry messages from the king to important cities in England. Because some couriers were irresponsible and wasted time in taverns and inns on the way, a drastic law was put into effect demanding that every dispatch carrier should "ride for his life." The king’s edict meant that anyone caught delaying his messages would be publicly hanged. Often there was drawn upon important letters the figure of a man suspended from a gallows. Beneath was this ominous warning: "Haste, post, haste! Haste for thy life!" A number of men did suffer death because of their inefficiency, but in the 19th century the practice was discontinued. However, the old expression still remains as a reminder that the utmost speed and urgency is required when the king’s business is involved!
If the Bible is a missionary book then the People of the Book must be a missionary people.
2. The Constraint from the Heart Within (vs. 14) – Christ’s love compels us
The second call to missions is from within our own hearts. The love of Jesus which we have experienced compels us to make Him known. When you find something of great value that gives you joy you have to share it! E.g. Naomi won the antique chair – the first thing she did was call her parents to tell them.
One of my favorite stories is of the 4 lepers at the gate who find the plunder from the Aramean camp and go back to tell the city.
2 Kings 7:9 Then they said to each other, "We’re not doing right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace."