Pastor, Why? #24: Why Missions, Why ME?

Why should some of us leave the comforts and companions of our homeland to live where another language is spoken, where the food is strange, where merely drinking the water can make you deathly ill, and where governments and even a majority of the people often don’t want us there? Is all that expense and sacrifice really necessary? The sad reality is that too many Christians do not think that missions is critical, and many more who would say that foreign missions is essential, are doing little to further the cause. Why do we emphasize missions? Why should every believer be deeply involved and committed to it? Why should all of us give, and why should some of us go?

The unreached are dying without ever hearing the good news

The last decade revealed a 50% reduction in Americans entering the mission force. Of those who answered the call, 43% never completed fund-raising “deputation”, 75% of those who made it to the field came home within three years, and only seventeen of every 100 who began the process, actually arrived and remained [Gil Anger, Researcher; 4/18/2005].

We must send,

or

be sent!

Meanwhile, three people die every second, 200 each minute, 12,000 per hour, and over one quarter million per day. At the same time, 496,800 babies are born each day, increasing the world population by over 200,000 daily. While the missionary work force is imploding, the world population is exploding! It is critical for EVERY church and EVERY Christian to be personally involved and emphasizing “Missions”!

The unreached are destined to a lake of fire  

     (Psalm 9:17; John 3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 21:8)

  • Why must the lost spend eternity in hell?

God is JUST and HOLY (Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 6). A just ruler cannot knowingly allow a crime to go unpunished, and God knows every crime. (Psalm 5:4-6; 89:14; Romans 3:23)

  • What if the lost cannot respond to God’s call?

God is JUST, MERCIFUL and GOOD (Psalm 25:8; 86:5).We rightly have merciful provisions in our laws for juveniles and the mentally infirm. Because everything God does is just and good and right, we can be assured that no person will be in hell who never had the ability and the opportunity to respond to the revelation and call of God in his heart. These include infants, very young children, the unborn, and the mentally incapable.

  • Is there any other way to heaven for the unreached?

Jesus said, “...no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6; ch. 3). Peter declared, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

 

                                                                                                             The unreached will never have another chance after this life              

Of all the times the Bible and Jesus refer to hell, they never indicate a way out. Hell is as eternal and as final as heaven.   (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:22-31, note vs. 26; Revelation 20:11-14; 21:8)

The unreached are desperate for the “light” of the gospel

  • Every person is accountable for the light they are given.

                Ps. 19:1-3; Rev. 3:20; Rom. 1:20 ...they are without excuse.

  • Every soul in hell had some revelation of God and the ability, an opportunity, and a heart-tug from God to pursue Him.
  • If anyone chooses to pursue the “light” God gives him, God will do whatever it takes to give him more “light”.

                (1 Chronicles 28:9b; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Acts 8:26-   39; 10:1f; Hebrews 11:6 - ...God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.)

Ä  Every person in hell will be sentenced for their own personal crimes against God and for their rejection of the knowledge and call that God mercifully gave to bring them to His pardon.

  • The more light one has, the better his chance of believing

Romans 10:13-14 - ...how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a preacher? God has revealed Himself to humanity through Christ, conscience and creation, but by far the clearest revelation that man has of God today is the Bible. This is why most of those who follow Christ were born into a home where the Bible was “preached”, while most others without that blessed benefit die lost.

 

The reached have a duty, an obligation and a command to “Go!”

                (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:14a)

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        A child born and raised in a dark room hears noises from outside. He knows there must be more to his world than this lonely room. His heart and mind urge him to seek a way out of this blackness - there MUST be a way. He has a choice: be content to remain in the dark, or seek for an exit.

       A Bible, a gospel tract, or a Bible-teaching missionary bring more light into that sin-darkened room. As the light of God’s revelation becomes brighter, the “Door” becomes more visible. And as that “Door” becomes more visible, it is far more likely that a soul in darkness will find it, and choose it. That is why we must be involved in missions - either in sending the light, or in being sent as lights into a dark, hell-bound world!