I think that God is up to something. And, as usual, He wants you and I to join Him.
I think that God may be offering Christians a new way of manifesting His Kingdom on earth—to every nation, tribe and tongue. I am hesitant, however, to use the word “missions” at this point, because I have found that it has become kind of worn thin. As summer draws to a close, and my senior year of college approaches, I find myself reflecting on some of the foundational moments in my life and the worldview that I have begun to form. Much of this worldview is abounding with Christian terminology that has, frankly, lost some of its luster over time. “Missions” is one of these terms for me. Yet, when I read the words of Dave Davidson ( author of “God’s Great Ambition”) who says, “Missions was on God’s mind from the Beginning”, I feel that I may need to recapture God’s passion for seeing His children, everywhere, commit their lives to Him.
But how do I recapture God’s heart and vision for world missions today, in the 21st Century?
Our’s is a world that swims in technology. Like water to fish, technology engulfs and surrounds us. The interconnectivity of the human race never ceases to intrigue me. A completely digitalized world, ours is one that offers a seemingly infinite range of possibilities to any single individual with a computer. While the implications of this recent spike in technology are more than any one person could possibly think of, one implication— for the American church— completely consumes my thoughts at the moment. “Missions”, a word that recently has looked more and more worn out to some of us in the Western world, and “technology”—an unstoppable force that allows so many possibilities — have the chance to dance with one another, combining to take the Gospel to every single unreached person in the world. And I cannot help but wonder what the two terms will mean for each other. Those of us who have grown up in the church will recognize Jesus’ famous words from the great commission “…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” As I read those words, I am struck by their eternal relevance to the church. I am grappling with the idea of reaching the nations for the Gospel, and what that looks like today. How do 21st century Christians recapture God’s heart as we work to reach every corner of the world with the life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ? And how does that passion for reaching the lost manifest itself? There are many possible answers to this question, and it will be a recurring theme the next few weeks on the blog here at Impact49.
I think we, the church, can do vast things and make lasting impacts on communities worldwide. God is up to something big. And He wants you and I to join Him. How we approach World missions on this side of the 21st century could prove to be vital to the spread of Jesus’ Good News in future generations around the world.