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Monday, January 16, 2012

The Motivation For Involvement In God’s Mission

A better understanding of who God is and what he is trying to accomplish in the world is a good place to start.

Motivation for Missions 
God’s main intention in human history is to reunite himself with a world (people) that is estranged by sin. All that he is doing in time is an effort to further that desire. From the first verses of Genesis to the last verses of Revelation, his intention is articulated and illustrated. The wonder of it all is that he wants to accomplish this mission through the faithfulness of people like you and me.
 The fundamental biblical motivation for committing ourselves to missions is this - we love God and want to please him in our faithfulness. Our motivation to serve God in missions is further fueled by three factors:
Christ Sacrificed Himself For Us On The Cross 
The first public description of Jesus presented in the Bible is when John the Baptist called out: “Behold! The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” This proclamation in many ways sums up what Jesus’ mission was all about.
There Is A Great Need To Hear His Message Throughout The World
Having experienced the wonderful redemption God is offering to the world, the heartfelt response is to share it with those who haven’t heard. When we realize that there are more than two billion people who have yet to hear the gospel in an understandable way, then the need becomes compelling, even heart-breaking.
We must ask God to give us a heart for the lost; for those who have not yet experienced this redemptive relationship with God. When we more clearly perceive the need in the world, we fully appreciate the wonder of God’s salvation.
We delight In Pleasing Our Master 
When we see the great magnitude of Christ's sacrifice for us, when we realize the great need of many to hear the message, and when we envision what it will be like one day to stand before him as his bride, then we will be truly inspired and empowered to serve in his redeeming mission.