by Dr. Charles Stanley
The Missionary Question
Why are people willing to uproot their lives and learn a new language and culture system in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ? For the same reason that those who stay at home should be willing to abandon their comfort zone to tell the Gospel story to a neighbor or family member — God's call. Whether we bear the title of missionary or not, we are unable to live in the Lord's will unless we are involved in mission work. The universal call is based upon four truths:
Mankind's spiritual condition. People are helplessly and hopelessly lost without Christ. Although most try to manufacture righteousness through good works or a false religion, they inevitably fail.
God's provision. Knowing man could not save himself, the Father provided His Son to die in order to pay sin's penalty. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. This Good News is available to every man, woman, and child.
Jesus' commission. All who belong to Jesus are charged with the responsibility of going and making disciples of all nations through the Holy Spirit's power (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19). The Spirit comes, not to ensure our own happiness, but to make us impactful witnesses.
Jesus' proclamation. "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations… then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).