Why should we support missions? Why is it the Christian’s concern what happens to the people around them and in far-off lands? The answer should be plain and simple, but for many folks, it’s not. For some, I’m sure they just don’t give much thought to missions. To others, there may be an inward focus; “I’ve got my own troubles to worry about.” Nevertheless, these reasons or excuses do not negate the responsibility of every Christian to be concerned with missions. Why? Because if we are truly disciples of Jesus, then we will develop a heart like Jesus. We live in a world full of people who are spiritually lost and without hope. Every second of every day, people slip into eternity. Those who exit this life without Jesus, face eternal damnation. If we truly believe that, it should prick our hearts to help advance the cause that carries the only solution to this problem. If we have truly been saved from such as horrible destiny, why wouldn’t we want others to experience this sweet salvation as well? Do we truly believe the gospel? Do we truly believe Jesus, when the He says “No man comes to the Father but through me”? If our hearts are right with Jesus, then we will have a yearning for the nations. We should have a desire to see more and more people come to a saving relationship with the Lord. Therefore, those who aren’t sent to the nations, equip those who are sent to go. Now, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t to be missionaries in our own backyards and neighborhood because all Christians carry this responsibility. But we should each take up the example given to us by the New Testament church and support our modern day Pauls and Tomthys and Lukes. Missions is the best investment we can earthly make because we will spend an eternity enjoying the dividends. So yes, we support missions and the reason for it is because we love Jesus.
A wise man once said, “The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.” While that is defiantly true in today’s world, it is also true in the context of the local church. How tragic it is that men and women of Christ wage war with one another, many times over the foolishness of preference. Yet this is not how it should be. James puts it to us this way: “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” – Jam. 4:1 NKJV. The question is “why do we fight?” The answer is “because we give into the desires for pleasure.” I want what pleases me therefore I will go to “war” with anyone who tries to deny me that pleasure…especially at church. What a sad commentary that is on the people who make up the church. This should not be our attitude. If we are true members of the body of Christ, we are born again, changed individuals. We are new people and we now find our identify in Jesus. Thus our preferences should fade to nothing in comparison to Christ’s desires. What does He desire from His people? Love. We are to love one another in the church and outside of the church. But if we truly are living in love we will not have opportunity to wage war. Wars come from anger and division, but harmony and faithfulness are birthed out of love. So dear friends lay down the sword of personal preference and take up the binding banner of love.