When the topic of missions comes up, everyone’s first thought is “full-time missionaries” or “mission trip” or a personal call that some Christians get but others do not. However, how true is that assumption? Is the call to world missions an option? Do we as Christians have a choice as to whether we should or should not spread the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world? The truth is, the Church as a whole, has a corporate call to spread the glory and salvation of God to all peoples and all nations. It is our duty to make His greatness known in the entire world. Does your personal church have a shared burden for missions? Or do some have this passion and others simply are “not called to that”? Do you personally have a burden to make His glory known in the nations? Or are you just “not called to that”? Have you ever just sat down and thought “why in the world am I blessed so much over so many other people in the world?” Do you feel that God just thinks you are more special than them? Are you more important than nomads in Africa, persecuted Christians in China, or malnourished children in India? Have you ever thought that maybe God has blessed you so that you can bless the people in the world who have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ by leading them to faith in Him, so that they might praise Him? If you think that there are not that many who fit this description, then let me inform you that there are about 4.5 billion people living in our world who have yet to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, most of whom have never heard of Him and have no access to a Bible (2.83 billion). Have you ever prayed that God would personally bless you in such a way, not for personal satisfaction or worldly success, but for the light of His glory to shine through you so that you may lead the lost out of their spiritual darkness to God?
We need to recognize that we too have been commissioned by God (Matthew 28:18-20) to make His glory and salvation known among all peoples in all nations. Every Christian is a missionary. Period. Take a moment to examine your life right now. Just take a few seconds to think about your daily life and what you do in it. What makes up your life? Does your life bring glory to God? Is your life filled with thanksgiving, praise, and adoration to the Father for His many blessings in your life? Without a total realization of God’s blessings in your own life, it will be difficult if not impossible to make known His glory to all peoples. In closing, always remember this fact: non-Christians are always watching you. Even if you cannot notice that they are; they are. Whether they make it apparent or not, be assured that they are watching your every move. They observe your attitudes, behaviors, and actions and from this, they form opinions about our God. Do not live in such a way that your life brings shame and deceit to the name of God. Instead, always, in every circumstance, live your life in such a way that God is glorified in every way. Only then they will see how great our God truly is. It is not only eternally significant for us, but it is even more eternally significant to the lost and perishing world that observes us. Be a light; but not just any light. Be the light of the glory of God and let it shine for the entire world to see so that they may know of His glory and salvation and forever praise our holy and worthy God! Amen!