December - Our Foundation
The Father's Heart, Our Foundation
When I was 10, I asked for The Beach Boys album for my birthday. Why did a 10 year old in thecassette tape era ask for a record? Because my dad had tons of records and loved the Beach Boys, so I wanted a record by The Beach Boys. I wanted to be like my dad because I loved my dad. I saw what was important to him and wanted to make that important in my life.
What should the foundation for our involvement in missions be? Need? Calling? Guilt? The best foundation is to lay our lives on is the Word and what it says of our Father's heart. For me, being involved in the Great Commission began on a foundation of adventure and need. This foundation was brittle and finally broke in places when I saw that it's not all fun and there are needs in the world that I just can't meet. Then I began to see that no matter how strong my sense of adventure or how big the need, nothing stands firm except for what we learn of the Father in the Word of God. His heartbeat is for all the peoples of the world to know Him. If this is His heartbeat then we, as His children, need to align our hearts with His.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believed in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
If we are not careful we may begin to place missions on the throne instead of the King of Kings. Our allegiance and our focus must always stay on Christ and His cross. We preach "Go Ye" because we first know and understand Christ and His cross. Missions will cease, and we will worship for eternity the Lamb of God. Heart check: Ask yourself if you have glorified world missions in your heart and allowed it to take the place of the Father.
"Worthy are you to take the scroll and open its seals for you were slain and purchased men for God from every tribe, tongue, people, and language." Rev. 5:9
While living as a World Christian we must remember to come back to the reason, the hope of the Gospel; that the Father first loved us so that we may go and love others. We do this through prayer, relationships with internationals, giving generously, sharing with others about being World Christians, and working cross-culturally. Our cause, our banner can sometimes become "MISSIONS!" but our banner and heart-cry must remain "JESUS!" Through knowing Jesus and having our hearts crying "Abba! Father!" we move forward in joining Him in His pursuit of every people and language.
"And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd." John 10:16
Let us realign our hearts, our foundations with the Lord's. We love the nations because He first loved us. We pursue the lifestyle of a World Christian because it is the Father's heart that every tribe, tongue, andnation knows Him. We worship God not missions, placing Him on the throne of our hearts. Our banner is JESUS! There is no greater cause than His glory, His renown.
by Megan Schell