Mission is not the goal…

piper_handsYou cannot read John Piper on missions and not be deeply moved.  Consider these statements:

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church, worship is.  Missions exists because worship doesn’t

 

Worship is also the fuel of missions…You can’t commend what you don’t cherish.

 

Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak.

 

All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his son among all the peoples of the earth.

 

Missions is not God’s ultimate goal.  Worship is.  And when this sinks into a person’s heart, everything changes.

 

Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.

 

The liberating fact is that the message we take to the frontiers is that people everywhere should seek their own best interest.  We are summoning people to God.

 

His first and great requirement of all men everywhere is that they repent from seeking their joy in other things and begin to seek it only in him.

 

A God who cannot be served is a God who can only be enjoyed.

 

The most exhilarating thought in the world is that God’s inexorable purpose to display his glory in the mission of the Church is virtually the same as his purpose to give his people infinite delight.

 

These words are indeed liberating.  Mission(s) isn’t something we do out of necessity or obligation, we do it because we love God so much that we can’t help but tell others about Him.  If you have ever been in love you know this.  You can’t stop thinking about the person, you tell all your friends, your parents, everyone you meet.  You can’t wait to spend time with that person.  This is a picture of how we ought to relate to God.

When we know God, when we clearly see who He is, in his word, we will be change and we will begin to love Him in this way.  And the more we love Him, the more we get to know HIm the more we will be compelled by our great love of Him, because of His great love of us, to go the world, to our cities, to our neighborhoods to simply tell others of Him, because we want their best joy also!

(This is in response to week 3 reading of Steve Childer’s Missions class at RTS)

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