“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
The past three days we have reviewed some beautiful realities. By the truth of God’s authoritative Word, empowered by grace, we are called out of our former darkness to live as holy. We have just one of our blog’s foundations left, and that is that we are created to be missional beings. After being for God’s glory, we are called to live set-apart lives because we are given the incredible job of being ambassadors for the Kingdom of God! We represent our King, bringing the gospel of reconciliation to a lost world.
Since I was young, I have loved reading missionary biographies. I always admired that missionary men and women showed such consistency and clarity of purpose in their lifestyles. There was no question as to why they went to the people groups God called them to; they were there with the singular objective of evangelizing and making disciples. For years I yearned for that type of clarity in my own life.
When I was 18 years old and attending summer camp as a middle school leader, I had the opportunity to sit on the beach one afternoon with our visiting missionary and speaker’s wife and share my heart for the mission field with her. One part of our conversation in particular stood out to me. She said, “If you aren’t living a missional life in the context God has placed you in today, you won’t become a faithful missionary just because you have a change of address.” Through our conversation, the Lord grew my understanding of His Word and I felt convicted that we are actually all called to be “missionaries.” All Christians are commanded in scripture to evangelize and disciple, wherever God has placed us!
Certainly vocational missionaries have a wonderful and special role in this endeavor as those who work to spread the gospel to unreached people full-time; but that does not mean the rest of us are off the hook. There are at least two things that we can do on earth now, of which we won’t be able to do in Heaven: sin and evangelize to the lost. Which do you think we are here on this earth for? We have been redeemed to lives of purpose! We have a mission, and that is to proclaim Christ’s name with our lives and voices in the places and at the times the Lord provides, making the most of every opportunity. It is with this understanding in mind that we write to you here at Adelphe Collective. Our posts are written with the goal that you would be challenged to think missionally with us about our world, but also that you would consider your personal context and how God has called you to serve and proclaim Him faithfully there. If you are in Christ, we write to you as those who have been set-apart to passionately proclaim the great gospel we have received. And if you are not yet a believer, we write to you to say, “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God,” (2 Corinthians 5:20).