This is the final post in a five part series about the greatest missionary of all, Jesus Christ. You can find the rest here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 or just scroll down. In this final post, let’s examine how the needs of the nations motivated Christ’s mission.
In Philippians 2:9-11, we see the result of Christ’s humility and obedience. Here we see the mission accomplished! Here we see Jesus Christ victorious! Here we see the Name of Jesus above every name including Allah, Buddha, Santa Claus, the President, Coach Calipari, Phil Robertson, A&E Network executives, Lady Gaga, and you and me. Every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord. But, it’s not necessarily going to happen in this life. And if it doesn’t happen before they die, they will have no more opportunity to be saved. At that point, it will not be a confession of faith, but a confession of fact. But for all that still draw breath, there is still opportunity to be saved. That includes all 6 billion people in the world who don’t know Christ, and the 3.5 billion people who have never even heard the name of Jesus. They all still have the opportunity, but only if those of us who have already been saved get the gospel to them in time (Romans 10:13-17).
So, as you think about the mission that God has given you, ask yourself these questions:
- Is your comfort more important than the salvation of the lost?
- Is their salvation worth sacrificing a few extra Christmas gifts in order to give more to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
- Is their salvation worth 2% of your year for a short-term mission trip (1 week out of 52)?
- Is their salvation worth the potential diseases you might face?
- Is their salvation worth seeing your children and grandchildren go to dangerous nations?
- Is their salvation worth the life you might be required to give?
Finally, as you answer these questions, think about this: What if Jesus had decided that he could not give up the comforts and joys of heaven for a season in order to become the Savior of the world? What if Jesus had chosen not to become a baby in a manger? What if Jesus had chosen not to die on the cross?
Then we would have no hope. And that’s exactly the situation for the 6 billion people in the world who don’t know Jesus Christ. They have no hope. So, how can you follow the example of the greatest missionary of all to make sure that they have the opportunity to receive and share in the same hope of eternal life that you enjoy?
Paul says it best in Romans 10:13-17: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”