Disciple! Going to the ends of the earth

Friends, this post was first published in October of 2020.

We are sent with a purpose and mission far greater than we ever plan or imagine. Jesus sends us on a mission that echoes his own. But missionary work is not reserved for a few pioneering Christians, Jesus sends all of His followers on His mission. It is true that not all of us move to distant lands, learn new languages and enter into new cultures but all of us are sent. We are sent into the mission of Christ and with peace, we reach the world around us. 

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 

-John 20:21
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Some question why many missionaries go to places from which they are unlikely to return. We go because we have peace: peace in life, peace in death, peace in eternity, peace in calling. We go because we are clearly called into the mission. This calling paired with the peace that Jesus gives overshadows danger, problems, roadblocks and everything else that might keep the missionary from the mission. Like a moth drawn to a flame, a missionary must work within their Divine calling. Calling matters more than finances, preparation, missionary organizations, safety, health and the like. It is by the grace of God that along with the mission, He also gives peace so that we may focus on our calling, not on anything else that seeks our attention. 

“His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.” 

-John R. Stott

We follow the One with authority and presence. For those of us who follow the One who has overcome death, there are no uncrossable borders. There are no authorities above Christ! 

The fact that He has authority in heaven not only gives us hope, it ensures our success. Because of His authority, no weapon formed against us will prosper, all who raise up against us will fall. By His authority He vindicates us. 

The fact that He is with us, His very presence compels us to join His mission. When we pick up our cross daily and follow Him, we follow Him in life, through death and into eternal life. All of which happen along our mission path.

May we trust completely in His authority. May we follow closely in His presence. 

Go, Make Disciples, Baptize, and Teach!

The Downings

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