It is common for a missionary to return home on ‘furlough’ and report to the ‘home church’ what has taken place on the field. This is what Paul and Barnabas did when they returned to Antioch, their sending church. But note carefully Luke’s next comment; “they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled” (Acts 14:26). If this method used by Barnabas and Paul were properly used today (See yesterday’s post), the mission work on the field would be quickly finished and we could move onto other fields of unreached people.
If the Lord’s return is dependent on every people group (ethnos) hearing the gospel, and someone in that ethnos group believes, (Mt. 24:14) then wouldn’t we want to use the most effective means possible to accomplish our task? Let us hasten Christ’s return!
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