The Why Behind Missions

As the journey that Jen and I are on has unfolded, one question I have been asked frequently is why we would move overseas when there is such a need here in New England. And that is a good question, since this area can be some pretty hard ground to work when it comes to sowing the seeds of the Gospel. But as John Piper pointed out several years ago, missions exists because worship (of God) does not. The thing is, God desires for people of every tribe, tongue, and nation to know Him. Check out Genesis 12:2,3 NIV:

“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

Notice how it says that ALL people will be blessed through Abraham. That blessing comes through Abraham’s descendant–God’s only son, Jesus (follow the genealogy outlined in Matthew 1 and you’ll see).

The thing is, there are plenty of places in the world where that does not currently happen. In fact, there are places in the world that people do not have any means of hearing about God’s love and how it was show to us through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on a cross unless someone goes and lives in their communities, learns their language and their culture, and shares that good news–The Gospel–with them.

So why does God call people to leave their homes to live in foreign lands? He does so because He is not yet worshiped there and would not be if His children do not answer the call to go into all the world, making disciples of people from all nations.

Talk it up!