“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” (Matthew 9:35). There is a very instructive characteristic of Jesus and Paul. They were always on the move and never settled down in one place for long. What propelled them on to the next village or city refusing a life of ease and comfort? It was the message! Paul said, “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). When the disciples wanted to detain Jesus in a certain place, “he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” (Mark 1:38). They both knew their purpose in being called to a specific mission.
This also helps us understand the key principles we have mentioned the last two days. Believers must be strengthened and established so they are strong in the faith, and then we can move on to the next portion of our Father’s field. Often missionaries settle down in a place, learn the language, preach the gospel, make disciples and build buildings. It is no wonder there are 800 churches for every unreached people group in the world (Joshua Project). It is time to follow Jesus’ and Paul’s method and be on the move in reaching the unreached.
I would rather leave behind a trail of reproducing churches that multiply the message of the gospel than a monument to my name. God is most glorified when our work leads others to exalt Him, not us!
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