I had dinner this evening with friends to talk about the work they are doing to mobilize people toward missions.
Two definitions of the word mobilize are:
1. (of a country or its government) prepare and organize (troops) for active service, and
2. make (something) movable or capable of movement.
Those two definitions together could well describe their hearts for the body of Christ.
While we talked I was reminded of what “mobilized” me, so many years ago to get involved with missions. It started with a message from a guest speaker one Sunday in church. He talked about The Cost Of Discipleship. He related our current lives to the lives of the disciples who walked with Jesus- what they gave up, what they gave their lives for and to… I was hit square in the chest with the desire to give my whole life, my whole self to God.
A week or so later I went to a concert held in Seattle and put on by an organization called Operation Mobilization. When the wiry and passionate George Verwer got up to speak about missions, it was like he was opening the door to the thing I had already begun to long after:
A radical life lived with and for a radical God….
Did I know who “the unreached” were? Nope. Actually, although I know it’s different for many people, it was many years before I even wondered about those who didn’t know Jesus. I just wanted to follow Him. Everywhere. Anywhere.
I’ll be honest, I don’t always think about the unreached people of the world. Unreached people are those who have never even heard the name of Jesus, let alone heard the gospel. There are millions of them. Sometimes I am so maxed out with my own work and life I actually forget the bigger picture of why I am doing what I’m doing.
Ultimately, I am here to make Jesus known in the world. I start by knowing him myself, but I don’t stop there. If we don’t go, who will? Not only does God want to use us to make him known, he wants to continue making himself known to us. He sends us and he goes with us.
What my friends are doing is seeking to inspire young people to get up and go into the world but they also want to help specific people take specific actions. What they want to see is people who know Jesus taking the risk to go to people who have never heard of Jesus. On short term outreaches (to get started) they feel strongly about these three ingredients making up the experience, 1: prayer & worship 2: proclamation (every person sharing the gospel) 3: engaging social issues through sustainable service projects.
What are your thoughts? Have you settled for having an average, moral life? Have you considered the call to run into the world with the good news of the Gospel?