Why Do We Go ?
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth”.
John 20:21 “As my Father hath sent me, so send I you.”
Luke 10:19 “Behold I give you power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
WHY DO WE GO into all the world with the message of Jesus Christ?
1. Jesus is worthy “They went out for the sake of the name!” The Apostle Paul put it this way: “Whether I live or die, it’s to the Lord” “For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain”. Joseph Zinzendorf led a group of Moravians in what became known as a 100 year prayer meeting. These young fervent believers prayed around the clock for souls and the nations.
This group was made of up mainly of 20-somethings, and many of them even sold themselves into slavery that they might go into repressed nations and preach the gospel to unbelievers. It was said of them, "They went out for the sake of the name". In Romans 15:16, Paul the Apostle says that he is called to `present the nations (make an offering of the Gentiles ) that will be acceptable to God…'
Rev. 5:9 and 7:9 both reveal Heavenly worship as this- every tribe and people group represented around the throne of God. They are singing, "You are worthy...because you were slain, and with your blodd you purchased men for God."
Rev. 4:11 “For thou art worthy O Lord..for thou has created all things…”
2. The Father is Longing 2 Peter 3:9 “God is not willing that any should perish..”
John 3:16 AMP “God so dearly loved and prized the world”.
Romans 5:8 God proved his love…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
3. The Spirit is Moving
Acts 2:17,18 “In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh."
The forces of darkness are not threatend if missionaries are all 70 years old, but the face of missions today is on a 20 year old. Each year, there are more teens and young adults going on short term missions trips from the U.S. than at any time in our history.
Around the world: In 1990- 70,000 people were being saved daily.
but in the year 2000-178,000 people were being saved daily.
In a recent youth conference in India, over 11,000 Indian youth attended. When the altar call was given over 7,000 committed to go to north India to win the lost, plant churches and build the Kingdom of God.
4.The Harvest is ripe!
John 4:35 “Lift up your eyes…the fields are white to harvest”.
On the farm, we drop everything when it is Harvest time! God is looking for someone who will spend and be spent for the sake of the Gospel. Some will give their lives, and become martyrs like Steven, Peter, John Baptist, Jim Eliot, Nate Saint,etc…
Tertullian, the early church father said: "The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Gospel!"
5.People are lost-
There is no hope without Christ, and only two choices are found in John 3:16 Men either perish or have eternal life-
The founder of the Salvation Army was William Booth. He once said, "I would rather send my workers to hell for 5 minutes than to Bible School for 5 years." He knew that if we could see the masses of people perishing in hell, it would change our perspective concerning evamgelism.
6.Nations are deserving-
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ---
Oswald Smith once wrote, "Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice until everyone has heard it once?”
In the midst of a horrible storm at sea, a ship was perishing, when the older man working in the lighthouse turned to his younger worker and said, "we must go out to sea to rescue this ship." The young man said, "But sir, The storm is too bad, we might not come back. To which the old man replied, ‘we must go, we don’t have to come back’.
7.We are commissioned
Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16"15-17 describe our commission from God.
Jim Eliot, the Assemblies of God missionary who was martyed in Central America wrote in his diary: “I don’t care for a long life, just a full one’
8.We must give account for deeds done in the body-
According to 2 Cor 5:10, all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, to give an account for the things done in this life, whether good or bad.
9.This is the Hour -
Proverbs 28:19 declares that where there is no Vision (unfolding revelation of God's Word) people perish..
Hudson Taylor was the first missionary to adapt the customs of the Chinese people he was trying to reach. His cross cultural diet and dress brought great results, but were met with criticism by other missionaries with which he worked. We must be men and women of vision, willing to seize the hour in which we live!
God especially wants to call and use young people, because of their empathy for the hurting, their abandonment to follow fervently, and because of their pure faith.
What are you passionate about? What do you have vision for?
1 Peter 2:9 says that we are a 'Royal priesthood,and a holy nation.."
Live for what matters…Live the abundant life that's promised to you, don’t just go through the motions… God's children are a people of destiny, blessed to be a blessing to the nations of the earth!