TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, March 21, 2019:
A group of persons sent by a church to carry on religious work, especially evangelism in foreign lands and often to establish schools, orphanages, churches and hospitals; also, short term programs to assist missionaries and national leaders; and mission projects in their own city or neighborhood.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Christian missions are unique in the aggressive movements of history. Christianity in its pure form has no “axe to grind,” no “system to foster”, and no “profit motivation”. Its job is simply to “seek and to save that which is lost.” Nothing more, nothing less. The word missionary means, “One who is sent.” The word missionary, one who is sent, is from the Latin. The word Apostle means the same and is from the Greek.
Typically, people think of missionaries as those who God calls to set aside their personal ambitions to go to a foreign land in order to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
The words recorded in Matthew 28:19 (above) were Jesus last commandment to His disciples before He ascended into heaven. These words of Jesus are called the “Great Commission.” Even though it was spoken to His disciples this commandment is for all believers down through the centuries.
We, as believers, have a responsibility to be involved in missions. When we find Jesus as our Savior we have several responsibilities. These include glorifying God in all that we do and to “seek and save that which was lost.” So our mission responsibility is to reach out to those in the world we live in that do not know Jesus and share with them the good news of the gospel through our words and our actions.
Our mission field is where we are. Some may be called to go to the deepest jungles of the Amazon but for most of us our call will be to the mission field right in our home town, in your neighborhood, in your workplace and most often in your own family. Whether it is next door or to the farthest corner of the world, we are to go and make disciples. It is not an option but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord.”
We are to share the greatest truth there is with others:
“Jesus loves me and He loves you”.
We are to be sympathetic to the greatest problem that people face today:
We need to be able to communicate answers for the greatest need that families have today:
The exciting news, the greatest promise we have as believers needs to be communicated to all:
The soon return of Christ.
And the greatest need that people want answers for today is:
Security (for today and for eternity).
Our text book is the Bible. Most believers do not know or even think that the New Testament is a book of missions. The Gospels tell of the mission accomplishments of Jesus. The Acts tell of the missionary endeavors of the Apostles. The disciples were launched into the world, after they completed their training with Jesus, by the power of the resurrection.
Today the need for missions is greater than ever. The world is shrinking in size but expanding in population. We live in a world of conflicting, confusing beliefs and complex problems. But most important is that we live in a world of a dire spiritual need.
On a personal note, we began our married life close to 62 years ago by going to Korea as missionaries to reach out to the thousands of orphans and GI babies, many living on the streets of Korea. The result of this initial mission responsibility, because God moved in our hearts, is that we have been involved in children’s missions all of our married life and what a blessed trip it is and has been.
Nothing in this world is more rewarding than taking every opportunity to share God’s message of love, forgiveness and salvation that leads to eternal life with our Lord. We have just one life to live and it will soon be past. Only what is done for Christ will last.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:3.
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Father, help me to be a shining light in this world of darkness, ready for each and every opportunity to share Your love with those whose spiritual needs are great.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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