The ultimate goal of life now and the life after for those who are in Christ is to worship.
Revelations 7:9-12 gives us a glimpse of how the end will be.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’ 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’ ”
John Piper states that it is because of worship that we are called to do missions, so that people from every nation, tribe, people and language may stand together before the One who is eternal and glorious.
It is not enough that we’ve found forgiveness & life. We need to share Christ with our loved ones, but that is not enough. We must share the gospel with those around us who are lost without Christ, our friends, our co-workers & neighbors. If we are true believers in Christ, sharing Christ & His love has to become part of our spiritual DNA. If this characterizes your life & church, I commend you.
According to Jesus’ last command (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16 & Acts 1:8), we need to go even further. By proclaiming Christ in faraway places. They might be people we know nothing about other than that they are created in God’s image. It is so that we, people from all walks of life, and people from different nations & tribes may raise hands in praise & worship to the One who has created all things & loves us.
This is what our God deserves, worship of all God’s creatures!
Matthew 24:14 explains something that we often miss.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, AND THEN the end will come.”
Here is a truth that is so definite. As soon as the gospel is preached to all nations, what we have been preaching about, writing & reading about, have been laboring & praying for WILL COME TO PASS! There are no words to describe how awesome that is!
This is the reason why missions is such a crucial element in our Christian endeavors. Without it the end cannot come. A question to honestly reflect on is, “Do we want the end to arrive?”
There are still 6,000 to 7,000 people groups & tribes that are still unreached by the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world. That may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. According to the book, Beyond Megachurch Myths, there were 320,000 churches in 2007 in America alone. I would guess that there are more now. All I am trying to say is that we have the people, resources & prayer power to reach these final 6,000 – 7,000 people groups.
There are many humanitarian organizations & missions agencies in our world, literally thousands, and all their humanitarian & social efforts are meeting great needs like providing clean water, medical aid, nutritional food, not to mention hope for a better future through education. I don’t undermine the importance of such, but I want to go a step higher. A more long-term effect for these people we are reaching out to is to share the gospel. Unless the gospel is shared, they cannot be completely free.
It is only Jesus Christ who can resolve our problem with sin, secure our eternal life & position us in a loving relationship with God our Father. Life in our world is indeed unfair. A lot is determined by where you are born and in what surroundings you are brought up in. But the gospel of Jesus Christ is for all people. Therefore we must have a kingdom vision. Let our life of faith not only be about MY life & OUR worship, but may it encompass God’s people everywhere.