How does the believer faithfully carry out their responsibilities and ministry in a world so opposed to our Savior and Lord? When a missionary receives the call to spread the gospel to a dangerous area of the world, how do they go in the face of unknown risk? Just remember, every Christian is a missionary; some in their home country and some at the four corners of the earth,
When Jesus sent out the seventy-two ahead of Him, He warned them; “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3, also Matthew 10:16). Jesus knew from experience that the world was not a friendly place for Himself or those who represent Him. As our Master, we should not expect any different treatment than what He received.
There are two sides to being His representatives. “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours” (John 15:20). Persecution we receive will be no different from how Jesus was treated. If persons accepted the teaching of Jesus, they will hear the same message in what we say. Our obligation is to make sure the message is His message
Since this is true, we can understand why Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). His sending was not just the promise of suffering and persecution, but with the promise of divine power and guidance. With those promises, we can work for our Savior in a dangerous world and know the end result will bring God the glory.
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