What is a Missionary?
"Jesus said to them again, ’. . . As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’." (John 20:21)
A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. . . The goal is to be true to Him—to carry out His plans. Personal attachment to the Lord Jesus and to His perspective is the one thing that must not be overlooked. In missionary work the great danger is that God’s call will be replaced by the needs of the people, to the point that human sympathy for those needs will absolutely overwhelm the meaning of being sent by Jesus. . . We tend to forget that the one great reason underneath all missionary work is not primarily the elevation of the people, their education, nor their needs, but is first and foremost the command of Jesus Christ — “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .” (Matthew 28:19). (read more) (purchase)
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