The Importance of Mission
Matthew 28:19 States: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Jesus Christ mandates mission for all believers and all ministries. It is called the Great Commission. Mission has high priority on God’s agenda. Missio Dei is a Latin term meaning “mission of God”. It is the central idea that God is the One who initiates and sustains mission. It is more God-centered rather than human centered. Mission is God’s project and he graciously allows Christians to take part in it. God’s mission began with the fall of man; he provided a plan to reconcile man to himself. God has assigned this important role to the church. We have the ministry of reconciliation. This concept reframes our understanding of what mission is all about.
Mission is very broad, referring to everything the church is doing to advance the Kingdom of God. We have to evangelize locally, globally and disciple new converts. Evangelism is the core of missions. Today we face many challenges. It is a Spiritual warfare. Satan does not want unbelievers to come to Christ or believers to live fruitful lives. Satan does not want us to give in a way that pleases God.
Mission if it is to succeed, must involve conquest; the struggle of God in history is with the powers of evil. Satan was defeated in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mission will continue until Christ return. God’s interest in mission ensures it will not die, Satan’s interest ensures that there will be obstacles. We can all get involved in mission including teaching our children and young people to be missionary minded. It is anything from providing for the homeless, establishing soup kitchens and provide for those in group homes or detention camp. Missions contribute to the needs of our local assembly and those abroad. In addition, church planting is a major function. All this requires finance. A missionary minded church recognizes this need and plans for it. The challenges mission face may become very complex, but God transcends them all. He will provide the skills and the gifts for the salvation of souls. Let us participate in mission with our prayers, fasting and financial support. Mission is an ongoing project, do not miss the opportunity to further the spread of the gospel.