March 1, 2014 | by: Danielle Iman | 0 comments
“Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.”
J. Campbell White, Secretary of the Layment’s Missionary Movement
John 10:10 says, “…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Christ has redeemed the believer from his most desperate state, and his heart is thus filled with praise and love for the Lord. The Psalmists words of praise express it most eloquently in Psalms 8:1-4:
O Lord, our Lord, â€¨how majestic is your name in all the earth! â€¨You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,â€¨ to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,â€¨ the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, â€¨and the son of man that you care for him?
As missionaries write from the frontier, there is a common theme that resounds: “He is worth it all.” Ben Cantelon’s song, “Worth it All” also expounds upon this concept:
All I am, Lord, here before You / Reaching out for more / You're the promise / Never failing / You are my reward / You are my reward / I let go of all I have / Just to have all of You / And no matter what the cost / I will follow You / Jesus, everything I've lost / I have found in You / When I finally reach the end / I'll say You are worth it all / There's no riches / Earthly treasure That will satisfy….
Both musicians seem to grasp one simple but extraordinary truth – Jesus Christ is life’s greatest treasure. Recall the parable of the great treasure Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13,“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” And the good news of Jesus Christ, which is more valuable than anything else life has to offer, must be shared (Matthew 28:18-20). The resources bulleted below will help you discover more about God’s purpose in sharing this good news – THE GOSPEL – to all nations:
• Watch “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions” (David Platt)
• Know God’s Great Global Mission (The Gospel Coalition)
• Raise Your Kids to Care About Missions (The Gospel Project)
• Learn More About Unreached People Groups (Joshua Project)
• Take a Course on Missions (Perspectives on the World Christian Movement)
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12
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