The Christian stands redeemed, justified, and adopted by the grace of Almighty God the Father. It is demonstrated through the realities and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the eternal life that the Christian forever possesses is sealed by the Holy Spirit. There can be no comprehension to the value of this gift that the Lord has joyfully given. The very value of the universe would be a rejected payment in satisfying the wrath of God towards the stench of sin. But the blood of the infinitely loved and valuable Son of God brought justification and peace to enemies and sinners. Take careful note of Jesus’ value in light of what Paul writes in Romans 8:32:
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? There is nothing greater for the Father to offer than the Son; Jesus is the pinnacle, the epitome, the fullness and most valuable being in existence. The Father crushed His Son, who willingly sacrificed Himself, to bring salvation to us. This is Christianity 101, a pre-requisite for salvation, an axiom, an intrinsic reality to every salvation graciously bestowed. How on earth then do we respond to this?
Worship? Absolutely! Praise? Indubitably! A holy and sanctified life? No doubt! Thankfulness? Constantly! Missions? Wait, did I say missions? Yes, I did, because that’s what the Lord Jesus told his disciples before he ascended:
To summarize: One of the most important responses the Christian can have to receiving the grace and mercy of God the Father the washing, regeneration, and renewal of the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the desire to propagate the Gospel through Evangelism. This call to “go and make disciples” applies to every Christian and is not limited to foreign countries but is essential to all Christians in every aspect and moment of their lives. Work, school, home, leisure, hospital, sickness, etc, everything is an opportunity to demonstrate the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. The demon-possessed man of Mark 5:19 was told by Jesus, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
Christians ought to be passionate for evangelism and missions because our fervent desire is that the Gospel goes forth and we are able to witness the Lord actively working in bringing salvation. It is a wondrous thing to see the Lord work in the heart and minds of people and seeing that faith be strengthened. Ultimately, whether in the Old or New Testament, believers have always had a missional focus.
Starting today, we will be bringing “Mission-Minded Mondays” to Theological Digressions. Every Monday, we will be highlighting mission and evangelism related content that we believe will be excellent and beneficial. These “Mission-Minded Mondays” will include brief excerpts and moments from faithful men and women of the past and the present who have toiled and are toiling for the Lord as well as biographical snapshots and applications from their lives.
We hope and pray that the Lord will use this to bring about encouragement, excitement, and mission-mindedness through these segments.
For His Glory, Titus and Danny.