We all like helping people but we dare not conflate missionary work with social work. Christian charity flows naturally from our sanctified hearts. Followers of Christ often find themselves fulfilling Matthew 25 instinctively. This intuitive drive to help those who are hurting is seen in every concentric sphere of witness, from home to the ends of the earth. But missionary work is following the great commission. It is not food distribution, child sponsorship, installing clean water or starting a hospital. All these works are good but the message of salvation is the only impetus that can turn the world upside down. God’s Word is sharper than our works.
May we care for all who are in need. May we realize that the greatest need is salvation.