12 September 2006

excuse #10

here is the next excuse in the ongoing series i've pulled from keith green's "why you should go to the mission field" - excuses people give for not going.

"I'd go to the mission field, but...."

"Although in the past most countries freely allowed foreign missionaries to come, most people in other lands now resent them. Why should I go where I'm not welcomed?"

keith's response....

Did you welcome the Gospel before you were saved? The Word says that we should save some, "snatching them out of the fire," (Jude 23) Some people just don't want to be saved! That's exactly why we need to go to them. The more unwelcome, the better. If they resent Americans, then you have an opportunity to show them that Christian Americans can be humble with the love of Jesus in their hearts. For the Word says, "He who is wise wins souls." (Proverbs 11:30)

my thought:

nobody ever said it was gonna be easy. matthew 28:18 doesn't say to "go into the easy places where you're welcomed and make disciples...." when it says "all the world" it means what it says - ALL the world. that's why i'm glad children's cup and healing place church are so drawn to the places that aren't so easy.

it still all gets down to obedience. we've gotta obey the call whether it's to go to an easy place or a hard place. God's job is to decide where to send us. our job is just to obey and go and make disciples. easy or hard is irrelevant.

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