As I sit at my desk planning to speak at a mission’s conference, I am wondering how to motivate the Church to finish the task of the Great Commission. I come back to the wisdom of God. He has chosen the Church as His representative/ambassador to plead with men to be reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:20). How can we grasp the heart of God for men and capture the heart of Paul for spreading the gospel? Reading the command in Matthew 28:19-20 alone will not energize every believer to take up their responsibility and spread the Good News to those still unreached.
I also struggle with the numerous programs that have been tried over decades and centuries; the billions of dollars that have been poured into missions, and the thousands of missionaries who have gone out on the field. Still the task of reaching every “ethnos” is not complete. So many in the Church look at “the signs of the times” and think the Lord’s coming is so close, but we miss the one indicator; the gospel has not reached all people groups who will populate heaven (Revelation 5:9).
Have we relied too much on the “wisdom of this age”? That wisdom comes from “the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away” (1 Corinthians 2:6). That wisdom “crucified the Lord of glory” (2:8). It did not matter where Paul was or who he was working with, he wanted to “impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God” (2:7).
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). There is no question in my heart that if the Church will repent of man’s methods and seek God’s wisdom, He will reveal through His Word how the Church can complete this one task it was called to accomplish before Jesus returns.
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