Saturday Sermon: Mission work is rewarding
Many times, we Americans hear of one of our preachers going into the mission field.
In the congregation where I preach, we have had individuals go to Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico and other distant places to share the gospel.
However, we must always remember that our mission field is not necessarily thousands and thousands of miles away. We need to accept the fact that our mission field is where ever we are at any particular time. If we are on the job, in the mall, or at a stadium watching a sporting event, we are in a mission field.
Every time we go from one setting to another, our mission field goes with us. Hopefully, we leave a little of our efforts upon others. After all, our mission is to plant the seed, God is the one that will produce the harvest.
Our mission field is also in our homes as we teach and encourage our spouse and our children to seek God more fervently and diligently. Our mission field is personal, one-on-one study, or on the other side our computer screen as we find opportunity to discuss God's truth on various websites and religious chat rooms.
Who are the recipients of our mission efforts? Many benefits come from our efforts to fulfill this mission. First, God is glorified, Christ is exalted, the Holy Spirit's work is accomplished in our efforts.
Second, the church is lifted up and encouraged, and has a wonderful opportunity to grow in numbers and in maturity. But, primarily, it is those who have never accepted the Lord who are most benefited.
Jesus left us with this unshakable charge, "Seek and save the lost," Luke 19.10. Toward that goal, we must pledge our effort.
Still, there is one more recipient of such mission effort - us. All of us are benefited from a ready acceptance of God's missionary call. Our job as a Christian is to do what Jesus asked us to do, and he has asked us to evangelize (Mark 16.15-16, Matthew 28.18-20).
Jesus wants me, and all other Christians, to tell others the good news of salvation. He asked me to share the hope within me to any who might ask. "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear," 1 Peter 3.15.
As in every other Christian effort - doing mission work is rewarding.
It is rewarding to God, to our self and to others. It fulfills God's purpose for men and supplies us with a strong sense of accomplishment. And, certainly not least of all, it gives the lost the chances to find Go's loving mercy. It gives many the promise of Jesus' words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
Shan Jackson is the pastor of Port Lavaca Church of Christ.