Mission Monday | Missions = Obedience

Posted: April 9, 2012 by Rich Landosky in Mission Monday
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We had an interesting discussion yesterday in the High School New Members Class.  As we were discussing baptism, one of the conclusions that we came to from Scripture is that Jesus commands Believers to be baptized.  Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation but it is, nevertheless, a command of Jesus directed towards those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.  To obey Jesus’ command is obedience. That left us with another interesting conclusion: To not obey Jesus’ command is disobedience.  And disobedience is something we call sin.  But so often we shy away from that word.  We shy away from calling a Believer’s lack of obedience to a command from Scripture “sin.”

So what does that have to do with missions and why this discussion on a “Mission Monday?”  I was reminded of some of the things that we heard and meditated on at Vision this year.  Some quotes:

The greatest proof of our love for God is obedience.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Partial obedience is disobedience.

If we conclude, and I think our only option is to conclude this, that Jesus commanded us to GO – Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8 – then to  participate in missions and going is obedience.  Missions = Obedience.  But to not go and be involved in missions is not just a choice because we’re not all called to it. It’s not an optional program in the church that we can opt in or out of.  If missions = obedience, then not living missionally, not going and participating in missions, is disobedience.  And as we all know from our days as children relating to our parents, delayed obedience and partial obedience are also disobedience.

So, what are you doing today to live out the great mission of God to reach the nations?


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