Mission Issues

Thinking and re-thinking missionary issues

Mission – Making a difference

This morning I was reading from Luke 7. This is the story where John the Baptist sends his followers to Jesus with the question: ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ And instead of giving a neat dogmatic answer to this question, Jesus says: “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”

I’m not one of those who believe that a missionary should not talk. God gave us a mouth to speak and He even told us to proclaim the Kingdom of God, which as far as I can understand, means that we should not be afraid to talk. Obviously there are times when we should not speak and we need the wisdom the know this.

But the question which came to my mind as I read this part in the Bible, was whether people can see that Jesus is alive. I believe that, as Christians, we are called not only to proclaim the message of salvation for people, but in fact for the whole world – “For God so loved the world …” When we become involved in the world where God has placed us and start making a difference in whatever way compelled by Christ’s love for us (2 Cor 5:14), then somewhere along the line people have to take notice. Not only through what they hear but also through what they see, people will be able to realise that Jesus is alive.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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