What is Missions?
Google defines missions as – A short-term mission (STM) is the mobilization of a Christian missionary for a short period of time ranging from days to a year; many short-term missions are called mission trips.
Where have we gone as a Christian culture? We are in a day and age when the Gospel is needed the most when the world is in desperate need of Jesus.
Let’s get some stuff out of the way.
- This post is not meant to be a rant or calling “Christians” out in any way, I am simply talking about a problem that is more than prevalent in the church.
Does God call us to be a part of missions?
The answer is undoubtly yes! There is no way around it, we are called to have a mission mindset, and for us to say, that, we are not “called for missions,” or to say “that’s not what God wants me to do,” is to be ignorant of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Matthew 28:16-20 – 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
It is a command for the Christian to go and make disciples, not a suggestion.
Verses like this are found all throughout the OT and NT here are some more examples that you can look up:
So what is Missions as the Bible defines it?
As missions are now defined in our Christian culture, almost nobody is a missionary. In fact, less than 1% of Christians are overseas, full-time missionaries. (Which is another problem which we will address later.)
We can all be missionaries on the mission field in our day to day job, and it does not require us to go to Uganda for 30 years. However, it is not an excuse to not “go” for we are strictly called to go.
It truly hurts me when I see born again Christians downplay the importance of missions and turn their back on missions completely. For if we had a biblical view of missions we would see the importance and essentiality of them. For Jesus died for us and for us to neglect the importance of Missions, we are being ignorant of what Jesus did on the cross, and our arrogance begins to define how we act. This is when we begin acting like the world and not reflecting the Love of Christ.