As we relaunch our blog, I can think of no better topic to write about than missions. As our church approaches our annual missions conference, we have been studying the topic of missions in our class as well as the other adult classes. Last Sunday, we taught on the “Commission of Missions.” So many Christians fail to involve themselves in the Great Commission found in Scripture. As a result, we have failed to reach our current world for Christ. This upcoming week, we will teach on the “Continuance of Missions.” Once again, we will be challenged in our part in getting the Gospel around the world.
The Lord has used these lessons to challenge me and hopefully many other young adults. Sometimes, in my desire to challenge, I fail to see those who are already acting and applying what God has taught them. This week, the Lord challenged me to “show the light at the end of the tunnel.” My goal is to do just that in the rest of this post.
There are a vast amount of statistics that show that young people are walking away from the church. While some churches are experiencing a lack of young people, there are some churches that are flooded with young people. What makes the difference? I firmly believe it is missions. Here’s what I see in the younger generation: I see a generation who was told to reach people, a generation who went on missions trips at a young age, a generation who has connections with everyone, a generation who enjoys a challenge and an adventure, a generation who has a desire to accomplish something with their lives.
On the spiritual side, I think this is the bright future of missions. I think the generation of young people in the church will be more acquainted with missions than anyone the church has ever seen. Now that I have built you up and made you feel all warm inside, let’s apply it. How can we make the present bright for missions:
Get involved now.
While it may not feel like it right now, God has placed you in a unique position to be able to get involved in missions now. Too many young adults want to wait to give until they are financially secure. Some stay so busy that a missions trip is out of the question. Some are simply so enthralled with all the world offers that they never even share their testimony with a co-worker or classmate. Don’t put involvement in missions off until you’re older, you can do it now!
Paul wrote these words to a young man named Timothy:
I Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Become a student of God’s Word.
I recently heard a pastor say that the verses and Scriptures he studied as a college student are the ones he uses most often in His preaching and teaching today. While you may not be teaching or preaching every week, what the Lord is showing you from His Word is crucial to your spiritual development. Why do we want to learn God’s Word? One reason is so that we can talk about our faith using the Scripture. If we simply give an opinion, we are not using the power of God’s Word. Take a look at what Peter wrote about this:
I Peter 3:15
…and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Ask yourself this question, could I help someone who was unsaved find the answers they needed from God’s Word to accept Christ as their Savior?
Find someone that you can reach.
If you have a little brother or a little sister, you know what it’s like to have someone who’s watching you and waiting for you to mess up so they can too. When we find someone that we can begin sharing the Gospel with, we are giving ourselves accountability. We are placing someone in our footsteps and telling them to follow us as we follow Christ. If every Christian got involved in missions by reaching someone, where would we be as a church? Where would we be as a country? I think the future of our faith and the future of missions would be brighter if we all simply found someone to share the Gospel with. The book of Acts gives this model:
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Last week, we gave a challenge at the close of our lesson on the Great Commission, and I will close with it here once again. What would our class and our church look like if every Christian reached one person by the end of the year? Prove there is a bright future for missions by getting off the sidelines and getting in the game for the souls of men.