“A missionary is one sent by God to live a Christian life, usually amongst people other than his own. It is the living which counts…one is called upon to reveal Christ, to live a Christ-like life, to be a missionary.”
– Helen Roseveare –
I. Motivation for Missionary Service
1. Love for the Lost
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
A Muslim in Arabia once said to Samuel Zwemer, “You have worked among us for years, you have seen no converts, you will see no converts; why do you stay?” To which Zwemer replied, “I am here because my
Commander-in-Chief sent me here and I have to stay until His command is rescinded.”
3. Concern for God’s Glory
” Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.”
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
4. The Fear of God
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.”
5. The Love of God
2 Corinthians 5:14
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;”
6. The Love of His Appearing
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
II. Men, (and Women) for Missionary Service
a. 2 Corinthians 4:5 “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.”
b. Colossians 1:11, 12 “Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”
2 Timothy 2:1-3
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
c. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
e. A sense of call
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
g. Spiritual Effectiveness
Boldness & Perseverance
III.The Goal of Missions
The glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus is the goal of all true missionary work.
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood, men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
The Savior is building His church in preparation for that day.
IV. The Missionary Task
The establishment of new believers in the faith and in churches for the purpose of reproducing themselves.
Not through mechanical means but by the personal touch.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”
Qualification for the Missionary for Today
1. Spiritual fitness
2. A first-hand vision of the truth, resulting in a life of spiritual reality that is not artificial or dependent upon the experiences of others.
3. A clean and pure life – “purity of life” as John the Baptist.
4. The price of an effective spiritual life is discipline:
a. Bible Study
5. Spiritual Maturity
6. A deep hunger and thirst after righteousness, spiritual ambition accompanied by a humble realization of how short we fall of the glory of God.
7. Some experience in the walk of faith.
8. Tenacity (stick-to-itiveness) is a necessary part of a missionary’s equipment.
9. Adaptability-about to change in different situations.
10. Possession of a humble and courteous attitude.
11. Personal friendship.
The missionary must be in good condition physically, mentally and spiritually.
– all the above from: The Unchanging Commission, by David H. Adeney.
“The qualities required in a missionary leader are not of the common kind. He ought to have physical and moral courage of the highest order, and a considerable amount of cultivation and energy, balanced by patient determination; and above all these are necessary – a calm, Christian zeal, and anxiety for the main spiritual results of the work.” – David Livingstone