I remember going to Missions class at Oral Roberts University and hearing professors talk about how God will call you to a nation. I always sercetly had problems with this idea. I had biblical problems with it because world missions is global.
Is World Missions biblical?
That is a good place for us to start. What does the New Testament actually say about world missions?
What better place to start then the actual Great Commission itself,
“Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned. These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.”
Do you notice something? Jesus called us to world missions but he did not give details. The details were up to us.
He didn’t go, “John, you head North and James, I want you to go East.” None of that. He didn’t tell Stephen to head to Mesopotamia.
There are very little direction in the bible actually. It seems that the details were not as important as we might think.
World Missions is like being in the Army.
I remember my time in the US Army. Sometimes, there was a lack of details in a mission we was handed. We had the overall goal but we had to sit down and figure out how to get to that goal.
The Army spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to train us on how to think, not what to think. They want our input on completely the operation at hand.
God is much like that, too. He created us with a mind, will, and emotions. We are partners with Him, co-labors if you will. Co-laborer means we are engaged in the process.
We are stakeholders, not employees.
World Missions is figuring it out
God has give us the overall picture but he has left the details of it to us. Many times, we are left to a place because of things that have little to do with spirituality.
I am not, at all, led to cold weather. I hate snow and ice on the road. There is no way I am going to live in Siberia as a missionary. Not happening.
Someone might be really into Martial Arts naturally. Because of that, they want to use it to take the gospel to Japan. That’s very possible.
I am an island boy. I am naturally drawn to tropical islands. I am going to focus on that area for world missions. I will let someone draw to snowboarding reach Norway.
My point in this discussion is this: we need to take the guilt tripping out of world missions, find where you want to be and engage the community with hope.