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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
"What Missions Means To Me"
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: "
Have you heard the names Hudson Taylor, William Carey, Adoniram Judson, or David Brainerd? If not, you need to read their biographies. The lives that these men and their families led for Christ will certainly challenge you to be a better child of God. I remember reading these biographies as a child, and my, how God used them to stir my heart for missions! I wanted to go to China, Burma and Africa and preach the gospel. From my childhood, I wanted to go where these men had gone and do what they had done.
I remember missions conferences during my childhood years, and how exciting the missionaries were as they presented their burdens to reach a country for Christ. I watched the slide shows of veteran missionaries, and saw all the smiling faces of new converts, and witnessed the pain of those impoverished people. My heart would melt inside, and I would surrender to go to Russia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Japan or Europe. I wanted God to be as real in my life as He seemed to be in the lives of the missionaries, and I longed to please Him as much as they did.
Our church had a big world globe that hung in the corner of the auditorium, and the equator was made up of light bulbs. Every time we hit our weekly faith promise goal another light would be lit up. It was so exciting to see the lights one by one encircle the world. I would watch that globe turn slowly, and my mind would fill with dreams of what could be done for Christ in all of those countries. I wanted God to send me!
Through my life, I think I've surrendered to nearly every continent but Antarctica! I still get stirred at missionary stories, and my heart yearns for the souls of men lost in darkness. The need of the world overwhelms me to this day. I still say, "Here am I, send me!" That's what missions means to me. In a word, it means "Surrender." To me it is a willingness to serve God here, there and everywhere.
What does missions mean to you?
Study verses - Matthew 9:35-38; 24:19; 28:19; Acts 9:6; Galatians 3:8