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The Basis of Missions: Why?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]
"All power is given to me in heaven and in earth...go therefore and teach all nations." (Matt. 28:18-20)

The basis of missions is Jesus' authority. Avoid the temptation to look upon Jesus as one who will assist you in your enterprise for God. Rather know that you are the one assisting the enterprise of God. The basis of missions must never be our plans. Jesus is absolute sovereign with all authority. Missions is to be planned and done on the revelation and awareness of Jesus' sovereignty. We teach and preach out of his authority and power--authority and power that is a living experience in our own lives. The missionary or minister who does not speak out of living experience will not experience living converts. The message of Jesus does not establish weak, powerless, dying, or dead Christians or churches.

Jesus' universal sovereignty is the foundation of our own awareness and knowledge of him. I will worship because I cannot but. I will meet Jesus because my heart longs for him. I will go to him. Are you weary and heavy laden? Many missionaries are!

"Go therefore...." simply means live out your life. We are going about in our world, and as we live that life, we teach. We go as witnesses of him into all places, beginning in our own spheres of influence and our own marketplaces. We are not called to go beyond where and who we are. We are already going--be his witness!

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