You may have heard much about missions in recent days. Perhaps you’re even heard it discussed during a Sunday morning service. We certainly don’t want to resort to a mindset that echoes the silly rhyme “Us four, no more, let’s close the door”!
It’s a healthy (and necessary) practice to remind ourselves on a regular basis that we are all on mission. Once someone has trusted in Christ for salvation, he or she is a disciple and bears the call of Jesus to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15, ESV). The Church should certainly encourage short-term evangelistic efforts (i.e. missions trips, relief efforts, service projects, etc.), but we must remember that each of us is a missionary in his or her neighborhood, at school, at work, and even at Walmart. We need the encouragement of Scripture to help maintain a daily missions mindset.
One such passage of Scripture comes from the Gospel of John. On Sunday nights the students and I have been exploring the opening chapters of John’s gospel, and we are finding that John had an incredible purpose behind all His glorious descriptions of Jesus and His miracles: “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). May we magnify Jesus in our daily conversations, our career pursuits, and our relationships as we communicate the life-giving gospel message to the lost.