“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations… And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. –Matthew 28:18-20
Commonly recognized today as “the father of modern missions”, William Carey was the first missionary to India and he served there for forty-one years. Concerning the great work of ministry, he would famously say, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” The motto reflected what Carey knew of the Father’s heart for those that do not know Him.
Carey, along with so many other generations of ministry leaders was stirred in his heart by Jesus’s last words and final marching orders: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus passed the baton to every single believer to join him in disciple-making by going to the lost, baptizing them in his name, and teaching them His commandments.
John Stott has famously said, “Our God is a missionary God.” He desires that we join him on this significant endeavor- to be part of the most powerfully transformative work in the history of the universe. That means we are all missionaries; wherever we live, work, relate, play, and relax. It means we are always thinking about how we can be part of the work God is doing where He has placed us. Author and Pastor, Robby Gallaty writes, “The gospel came to you because it was heading to someone else.” This means that God didn’t save you to be an enthusiastic bystander, but he called you to be a faithful participant in His work to draw all people to himself. Therefore, living as a missionary is not about a place to go, it is about a person to be.
God isn’t calling everyone to India. Some are called to go, most are not. Either way, we are called to be salt and light where God has placed us. We are confident God could fix this whole world by himself. He doesn’t need the fourth member of the Trinity. He could use the rocks in the trees to redeem mankind. But for some reason, He invites us into the eternal mission.
Today let’s pray that we would willingly engage a life “on mission” with our Heavenly Father. Maybe that could mean working with him to restore your broken neighborhood or maybe foster or adopt a child. It might mean inviting a coworker and their family over for dinner or to take your family to serve on a mission trip. It might mean to pray faithfully over church planters and missionaries. The possibilities are endless; God is moving all around you. You simply have to “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” Let’s pray for that!
We believe that the church is the hope of the world. As the Body of Christ, we carry the mission to share the love and hope of Jesus to the lost and lonely. This is why we are so committed to church planting around the globe. Today let’s pray for all our church planters and for our Engage Churches staff (Kevin Dunlap and Renea Davis) as they seek to equip and serve the church planters in our care.