Missions – Part 3
Memory Verse: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:19.
Scripture: Philippians 4:8-20
We need commitment and cooperation to succeed in missions and to give a good account of The Great Commission and resources God gave us. The Trinity in council remain the ultimate driver of missions. We also have important roles to play directly and indirectly. We should all be involved.
Missionaries take the gospel to countries far and wide, but they are always sent. Usually, they are sent from a base and sometimes by The Trinity through the Holy Spirit. The sender is always responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the missionary in a strange foreign land, often with a radically different set of values, mind-set and culture, 1 Cor.12:25-26. Christians are supposed to be co-labourers with God, 1 Cor.3: 8-9. Even when our fields are next door, we are still responsible for supporting missionaries, spiritually and materially, in faraway locations, Mt.6: 20-21. The work of missions depends on the faithful adequate support from the body of Christ.
Macedonia And Philippi
The Macedonian churches bought into missions and they willingly gave of their substance for the cause of the gospel. Similarly, the Philippian church sent their substance to Apostle Paul, Phil.4: 15-18. The unique ability of the Philippians church to give to the mission field was in return commended by Paul with a clear assurance of all round provision, Phil.4: 19.
Please ignore every suggestion that there is nothing you can do or that you will only support missions sometimes in the future. A woman in Shunem went out of her way to honour and provide for Elisha, a great prophet of God, 2 Kgs.4: 8-10. She and her husband provided some essential needs. They did what they could and God rewarded them with fruit of the womb long after they had given up hope. Priscilla and Aquila, a wonderful Christian couple, were helpers of Apostle Paul, Rom.16: 3-4. Even our Lord Jesus had financiers and supporters, when He was here on earth, Luke 8:1-3.
We might not all be able to set out on a missionary journey to a far strange land, but that is not an excuse. We can pray. We can give. Come to think of it, we can still go. God is still asking today, “Who will go for us?” You will get involved today in the mighty name of Jesus.
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