GET TOGETHER – Our Mission Carry Out The Commission
Mt 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.(NKJV)
Wednesday night as we began our time of sharing from our studies at Jesus Now a Christ centered ministry to help people with addictions overcome the power of addiction and sin in our lives there was a man there that it was his first time to come. We had played a worship song at the beginning of the meeting called Graves to Gardens. We call that our fight song! This man had been incarcerated for much of his life. After J.J. had shared briefly, less than two minutes from Psalm 46 one of the members of our group that had brought him said I need to interrupt you. He said this man wants to get saved! We prayed with the man. He then gave his life to Jesus Christ and he began to weep. He said that he had not cried in thirty years.
I spoke to him about being baptized at some point. He then said very emphatically said that he wanted to be baptized then. J.J. then went and ran enough water in the baptistry that we could immerse him in. we baptized this man who had been incarcerated for much of his life. we then assured him that now he was a new creation in Christ Jesus. It was a glorious night!
I thought about the young man that brought him to Jesus Now. Jesus Now as I mentioned earlier is a recovery ministry that we have here at Christ Community Fellowship. The young man that brought him has really gotten a hunger to see souls saved and for people to be free of addictions to drugs and alcohol. He was truly doing the work of a missionary right here in our hometown.
For several years the Lord has allowed me to go to Guatemala and serve with Eyes Wide Open Ministry. That is a ministry led by Daniel and Brandi McIntyre from Florence, Alabama. I have never been around a ministry that I thought was doing what our Lord has commanded us to do as much as what I have seen God do in that ministry in Guatemala. This past year I didn’t get to go because of the travel restrictions that are related to Covid 19.
When I didn’t get to go the Holy Spirit told me to be a missionary in Hamilton. He didn’t mean that we were not supposed to go to other places anymore. But what He meant was that just as the McIntyre’s were on mission in Guatemala, we needed to be on mission here.
I really believe that if we do what Jesus has told us to do that, we would see a turnaround in our nation. I believe that if we all as Christians saw ourselves as missionaries that our country would not be in the morally bankrupt condition that it is in. I don’t believe that we would have the break up of God’s design for the family that we have if we were about the business that Jesus has commanded us to be about. I don’t believe that we would have the celebration of taking the lives of those who are in the womb if we were being the hands and feet of Christ to a lost and hurting world.
Two times this week as I was in my truck the song, Why Don’t We Start Right Here by Casting Crowns got me attention. I felt like the Holy Spirit was using this song to confirm this message that you are reading. These words from the song really confirmed to me that God is calling the church to be on mission here in our nation:
What if the church on Sunday
Was still the church on Monday too?
What if we came down from our towers
And walked a mile in someone’s shoes?
Again, please don’t take this as my saying that we are not supposed to be in mission to other parts of the world. I plan to go back to Guatemala when the travel restrictions in and out of that country are lifted and anywhere else that the Lord tells me to go. Again, Jesus told us to go into all the world. also He gave us a good reason to be filled with the Holy Spirit : Ac 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
However, we don’t need to skip our hometown. A few years ago, I read that missionaries from Africa were now being sent to this country. Wow! That really challenged me. Many of you reading this have already said yes Lord I will serve you. Most of you are in some way involved in Christian action of some type. But let me ask you are you willing to let God take that to a new level and to be a missionary in your hometown? Are you willing to say yes Lord here I am send me? It might mean missing some games that your favorite football team plays. it might mean some sacrifice in other areas of our lives.
The following passages from Matthew are passages that challenge me the most on how that I will give an account to the Lord when I see Him face to face one day. Here are a few verses:
Mt 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
There sure are a lot of opportunities there for a person to be a missionary.
Last week as I was preaching at my Mother- in -law Norine Johnson’s celebration of life the Holy Spirit brought to my attention that she would have some trophies to lay at the Master’s feet. She was a faithful servant of God and I believe that she had a missionary mindset. The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance as I was preaching the words from that old hymn All Hail the Power of Jesus Name. There is a line in there that says “go spread your trophies at his feet.” Missionaries will have some trophies to spread at the Master’s feet. Certainly, as a believer you and I would want to have some to lay at our Lord’s feet on that day when we meet Him face to face. Ask the Holy Spirit if He would help you to have a missionary mindset wherever God has you planted. I believe that is the only hope for this nation, or any other nation.
Let Us Pray
Lord forgive us for being so unconcerned about those that You are concerned about. We believe that You love us and that You love all people. We ask you to give us a missionary mindset. Forgive us for when we have wanted to stay in our comfort zones. Give us a heart for the lost and for the hurting. We know that You have a desire to redeem what is lost in this nation and every other nation.
In Jesus Name
Love you all! See you on the Mission Field!