It is obvious that God wants us to reach the lost in our community with the love of Jesus. But some people wonder why we are also involved in missions on a global scale. Our church has sent short term mission teams to Costa Rica for the past three years, and we are getting ready to go back again in 2014. Why? The answer is found in something that Jesus taught about the signs of the times in the last days.
Jesus said, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:6-8). None of these signs indicate that the end of the world is imminent.
Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:14, NKJV). Some people wonder why Jesus hasn’t returned to the earth yet, in light of all of the cataclysmic events and political upheavals happening in our world today. Jesus said He wouldn’t return until the gospel was preached to all nations – all people groups – in the world. Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” (NLT). Let’s get busy getting the gospel out to every people group, amen? Remember, Jesus loves people – they are valuable to Him!
Missionary Nate Saint said, “People who do not know the Lord ask why we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget they too are expending their lives, and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” What are you going to have at the end of your life of eternal value or significance? How have you invested in the Kingdom of God?
Pastor Chris Jordan