Part of a preaching of the CTS Missions Convention 2015 in Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels. Read / Hear also: “My Experience in Cameroon“.
Pray! If God calls you to missions, whether inside or outside your home country, will you obey Him? I will try to show you that He, in fact, has already called you to evangelise and that it is not an optional choice but is obligatory; it is a command. Christ said in Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I believe that Charles Spurgeon fittingly said: “Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love Him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about Him.”
We read that when the seventy (or seventy-two according to some manuscripts) were send out by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Luke 10, when they returned, they went back full of joy. They testified of what they had experienced by saying: “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” So if you want to see, in your lifetime on this earth, miracles, conversions, healings,… in short: If you want to experience Jesus’ Lordship, go and share the Gospel!
Don’t whine like a little child and say: “What will people think of me?” It doesn’t matter what they will think of you! A Christian should ask: “What does God think of me?” And seriously, you can get mocked at, maybe beaten… In the Middle-East or North-Korea, you get tortured and killed. So don’t whine like a little child but obey God.
But suppose you get killed… so what? We, then, should be jealous of you, in that you had the honour of dying for Jesus and that you have completed your mission and are now woth our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father.
To complete my little sermon, I want to leave you with a question.
“When you are on your deathbed, what will you say? Will you be crying: “God! Forgive me! I have wasted the life that you gave to me! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Forgive meeee!”
Or will you be able to say with a good conscience:
“Thank you for the life that you’ve given to me, here you have it back. I have used it for Your glory, to the best of mine abilities.”
Will God be able to reply: “Well done my good and faithful servant”?