The next quote from Oswald Sanders (below) inspires my heart in a special way. Knowing that the Lord will return, perhaps very soon, what kind of motivation should we have toward missions?
“If we want to bring back the King, if we want to hasten His coming, we must take the gospel to the last tribe, the last people, that last nation. We must go to “the region beyond” (Matthew 19:1; Mark 10:1), to the places where Christ has “not been named” (Romans 15:20). That was always Paul’s method. He did not enjoy building on another man’s foundation. The place of greatest need is always God’s place of greatest opportunity. Jesus never forgot the “other towns” (Luke 4:43) and the “other sheep” (John 10:16). (1)
As this issue relates to the return of our Savior, Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). In a day of self-proclaimed prophets about the ‘end of the world’, it is the duty of the Church to be occupied in obedience with our Lord’s command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (28:19).
(1) Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 134.
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