We have been involved in our Church’s (McGregor Baptist Church) mission’s conference called GIC (Global Impact Celebration) over the last few days. Their purpose is to encourage their missionaries (we are one of the many missionaries on site) and challenge their people to “go” both locally and internationally.
We have been amazed and perplexed these last few days.
Johnny Hunt (President Elect of the Southern Baptist Convention) offered up a phenomenal look at 2 Kings 7. If you weren’t there, you missed out. Hopefully it will be available online soon.
We have been amazed (not in a surprised way, but in a overwhelmed way) with the blessings on us from our church. We enjoyed McGregor’s “Blessing Mart”. All the missionaries were invited into a big room and allowed to “shop for free” from all the stuff that was donated by the church congregation. Let’s just say we don’t have to buy shampoo or batteries for a year (also, printer paper, over the counter medicine, clothes, cleaning supplies, food, soaps, toothpaste, toys, clothes, sippy cups, etc etc etc) Wow wow wow. What a blessing!
Our church has recently had to close their bookstore. We were given the opportunity to go in and pick through the stuff that was still there. There was lots of stuff! We picked up many books, music cd’s, Bible study highlighters, etc etc etc. Wow wow wow!
Stationary Christians. Ineffective Christians. What a paradox. The question we are asking… Why do so few people go? We are not surprised. Scripture tells us, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”. Yet, why? I know, all the typical reasons come to mind. But shouldn’t the church (universal) rise up and reach the lost world. It’s not, and that is perplexing. Am I going? Are you going? Have you considered going? RMI President Dan Shoemaker says, “God is not looking for people who are willing to go, but planning to stay. He is looking for people who are planning to go, but willing to stay.” I like that.
I don’t mean to make you feel guilty if you are planning to live in the United States for the rest of your life. “Going” can be here or there! Yes, we do need many many many more people overseas, yet that is not necessarily my point here. If you are ’here’, are you truly having a Kingdom impact? If not, you are not “going”. Think…Who can you say that you have impacted in the last year? I mean really impacted. Can you name someone?
My intention is not to deliver a self righteous (holier than thou) rant here. I am asking an honest question of myself and of you. I have just as many, if not more, hang-ups and fleshly fears as you do.