“Mission” according to the Oxford English Dictionary means “the action or act of sending.” Since its inception in the New Testa-ment, the church has always sent missionaries to preach the good news about Jesus Christ. That message is what sets all missionary efforts apart from humanitarian enterprises. The needs of mankind are legion. Hunger. Poverty. Sickness. The list is without end. Yet man’s greatest, deepest, and most fundamental need is the matter of sin. Men, women, boys, and girls are sinners. The Bible says so. If every need of humankind was fully satisfied ex-cept sin, mankind would still be miserable. Sin is man’s ultimate dilemma.
God sent His Son and the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for the sin of man. To trust Jesus Christ personally, to accept Him and His finished work as payment for our sin is to be forgiv-en. Personal faith in Christ is the solution, the only solution, to man’s dilemma.
We send missionaries to proclaim this wonderful message. Paul’s questions still ring out across the ages. “. . . How shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?" Romans 10:14-15.
As a church, our task in this crucial area is twofold. First, we are to send and support missionaries. Their support comes through our giving. As funds come in through the offering, they are dis-tributed in keeping with our mission’s budget. Not only do we send and support missionaries, but it is also God’s plan that we as individuals, become missionaries. That’s right. We cannot relax after making a financial contribution and feel like, “I’ve done my part.” We have family, friends, neighbors who need to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you.” So we are involved in missions by our giving and by our going.
A heart for the harvest exists in our church. My prayer is that our hearts might be enlarged. May our love for people who have never heard the good news grow and abound. May that love stir us to give. Where there is love, money will follow. Love is the key.
It’s Harvest Time,