Mission Monday

Posted: March 6, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Mission Monday

I remember being struck by this John Piper quote years ago from his book, Let the Nations Be Glad.

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!” (Ps 97:1). “Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” (Ps 67:3-4).

But worship is also the fuel of missions. Passion for God in worship precedes the offer of God in preaching. You can’t commend what you don’t cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord…I will be glad and exult in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High” (Ps 104:34, 9:2). Missions begins and ends in worship.”

– John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions

Because God’s ultimate desire is for all people to return to a relationship with Him and to worship Him (after all, He is our Creator and the only One worthy of worship), He not only provided a way back in Jesus Christ who gave His very life for us to redeem us and to open the door for a relationship with the Father again, but then the risen Jesus commanded each of us to go and tell others of what was done and the price that was paid so that they, too, could once again have a relationship with their God and Maker.  That’s missions.  It’s not a program of the church that only a few are “chosen” to be involved in.  It is the command, life-purpose, mandate for all Believers – an every day, number one priority, life-encompassing mission that should consume us 24/7.  I am reminded of the song we often sing at Missions Conference time entitled “Mission’s Flame.” (PS – I believe we are singing “Mission’s Flame” this Sunday as we kick off the Missions Conference.)


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