Updates & Posting... and God's Mission
Someone recently asked me, "How often do you post to your blog(s)?" That's a good question. The answer is different for each blog.
For the next few months, Annie, my Westsail 32, will be on the hard being refit and readied for her 2000 miles journey to Saint Lucia. There are numerous projects that need to be completed and many projects that must be completed before she sails. Those projects are documented on my boat blog, Dreamboat Annie. That blog contains all the nitty-gritty details of the projects I am doing in Annie's refit for Saint Lucia and is updated every few days as projects progress and/or are completed.
This blog is more about the mission and is updated about once every 10 to 14 days depending on advances and/or setbacks in the mission. The boat blog is limited to projects and the occasional journeys Annie embarks on; this blog will always be about the mission God has called me to... (which will eventually include a very long journey).
One of my professors at Harding School of Biblical Studies once said, "There's always some preaching in teaching and always some teaching in preaching." I'm not sure if it was Joe Jones, Avon Malone, or Jimmy Allen, but whichever one it was, he was right. This blog will fit into that description in some way. There will always be some preaching and teaching regarding the mission of God on this blog.
This blog is about God's mission. The mission to Saint Lucia, to set up a ministry training school and train a half dozen men in Undenominational Christianity and plant churches there, is God's mission.
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 KJV.
Matthew's account of that great commission goes like this,
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV.
Those two passages point to a number of things that are crystal clear:
First, God wants us to go. Both passages contain the word, "go." God wants us to "go"... go accross the street, go to work, go across town... go into all the world... GO. The Greek actually bears out the meaning, "as you go..."
Second, Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and in earth." In essence, Jesus was saying, "SINCE all authority has been given to Me in heaven and in earth... I AM COMMANDING YOU TO GO." The bottom line, Jesus is God and He has all power and authority... if He said, "go"... we must "go"... period.
Third, we must teach and preach. Jesus said, "teach" in Matthew's account and "preach" in Mark's account. My professor was right... preaching and teaching merge together and they are part of God's mission.
I am willing to "Go." Like Isaiah, I stand before God, bow my head in His overwhelming presence and say, "Here am I... send me."
You can go with me. You can send me. This is God's mission and He has allowed us to join with Him in teaching and preaching the gospel to a lost and dying world. God has blessed each one of us with this incredible thing called, "Life" but so often we spend our lives in pursuit of things that are for us alone... stuff that we will leave behind and things that have no eternal value. God gives us the opportunity to turn our lives over to Him and engage in His mission... something that has eternal value and will save the eternal souls of men, women, boys, and girls.
Do something eternal!
Join the mission!
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? Romans 10:14,15.