Monday, October 17, 2011

Revolution in World Mission

   When you think of missions what do you picture? An American missionary living and witnessing in a foreign country for a period of his or her life, right? Its natural to grow up biased to your own country and to look at the world through the lens of your own culture, however, its not the way that the Lord sees missions or meant for it to be. The truth is that it makes more sense for a person to witness to their own people, its easier for someone that understands the culture to bring the truth to it, and its more affordable for an individual born and raised in a second or third-world country to live in and advance the kingdom as a long-term "missionary" than someone from a first-world country. If you would like to have your view of missions expanded, catch a glimpse of the plan the Lord has, see how it is already happening around the world and learn about the part that we, as American's, play in it I would encourage you to read "Revolution in World Missions" by K.P.Yohannan. I believe that the Lord still calls American's to foreign countries as long-term missionaries but I also believe that the way we can most help advance the spread of the Gospel through other countries is by discipling, enabling and cheering on native-missionaries.

I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship if by any means I
might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to
those who never heard.
— William Chalmers Burns –

We preachers have the most serious job in the world.  It’s not to be popular, not to be nice.  It’s to get people to step out of darkness into the light.  Life is short.  Eternity is long.
– Leonard Ravenhill –

   For who cares more for people of a certain country than its own country men? And who, when they meet the Lord, would most passionately and willingly make Him known in a land covered in darkness than the very ones containing the light within that land's borders? Let us aid them with whatever resources we have that they are lacking (Bibles, bikes, discipleship, encouragement, prayer, etc) for we are all members of the Body of Christ, we all are of one Family, we all belong to the same Heavenly "Country". And if we are not anguished with the Lord's anguish over the lost in our own land, we most allow Him to change that, for we will care no more for others to know our Lord than we care for our own countrymen to know Him. The Persecuted Church abroad is willing to suffer for Christ's sake, are we? If not, I dare say we do not know the Lord for whom we are going to suffer.

Do you see, do you see all the people sinking down? Don’t you care, don’t you care? Are you gonna let them drown? How can you be so numb not to care if they come. You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done. ‘Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord’ you know it’s all I ever hear. No one aches, no one hurts, no one even sheds one tear.
– Keith Green –

If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is un-obeyed, until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. There is little right giving because there is little right living, and because of the lack of sympathetic contact with God in holiness of heart, there is a lack of effectual contact with him at the Throne of Grace. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together, and a low standard in one means a general debility in the whole spiritual being.
– Arthur T. Pierson –

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