There is a world waiting on us to bring hope and the love of Jesus to them. Jesus calls us all to make a difference in the world, actively sharing God’s love with your family, your neighbors or even people in another city or country. Missions are the solemn duty with which Christians are charged. In all four Gospels and also in the Book of Acts, Jesus Christ gives us the Great Commission.
It is never presented as an option to be considered, but always as a mandate to be obeyed.
For nearly 2,000 years, the marching orders of the church have been, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” The command to “go” was not given merely to the apostles, but is the responsibility of all who profess the name of Christ. We have to trust that Christians will continue to obey the Lord, just as all true disciples do, fulfilling the Great Commission and the promise that Jesus will continue to build his church.
Teaching and preaching are certainly a huge part of missions—in fact, they are quite possibly the most important part. During Jesus’ ministry, his disciples spent a lot of time teaching (Acts 5:42). In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he emphasizes the importance of preaching the Gospel.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:14-15)
Here, Paul is highlighting the importance of mission work to those who have not yet heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul was commissioning others to do what he had been doing-to preach the Gospel to those who have not heard it.
God is calling each of us to live for more than ourselves. God is calling us to care about what is happening to others in the world around us. Simply put, missions are regarded as bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know him as Lord and Savior. The ultimate desire is for God’s kingdom to grow and flourish and reach all nations so that eventually everyone knows the love of Christ. The truth is, when Adam and Eve fell, God’s plan was to redeem mankind.
Missions were God’s design from the beginning: to reach the lost until Christ Returns.
During the past few months, I have had the opportunity to create a team and continue Point’s tradition of The Global Missions Conference, which will be held on April 5. This conference highlights the importance of missions locally and globally and it also gives the students a chance to explore the different areas of missions they can partake in. It is an annual gathering of Point University students and the surrounding communities for fellowship, teaching and networking as we discuss how we can carry out The Great Commission.
Each year, the Academic Center hosts displays from different organizations including missionaries, churches and non-profit ministries. God has set his sight on the entire world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. That is His heart, His vision, His desire.
We, as the body of Christ, need to fulfill that desire of God.
We, as Christians, are responsible to proclaim Christ as Lord with whatever means are at our disposal, using our gifts and abilities. It is not our responsibility that people convert, believe or act in a certain way. We are only responsible to act in His character and proclaim His name truthfully and correctly with love and care (Gal. 1:10).
“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” -Henry Martyn
Kimberly Okojie ’14