Is Mission striving, enduring, or dying?

This is an important question to ask at this juncture of Christianity. Is it a good question? What did the bible say about the last days? And, what is happening today? It is a very good question to ask ourselves. We need to evaluate ourselves and know if we are on right course as a people. Knowing where we are will lead us to where we originally are meant to go. The problem isn’t that the word of God has not yet been preached to all nations as it is expected, but that the Church itself is messed up. How can we keep preaching what we are not sure of or deviating from? How can we keep preaching what we do not practice? But that is exactly what the Bible says about the last days as it is written here below:

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people”. (2 Timothy 3:1-17 ESV) This is exactly what is happening today. The Bible advise is very clear: “Avoid such people”, which means this category of people are doomed for eternal punishment. The question is how do we get them back to the fold of God?

The sad thing is that well-meaning Christian leaders have allowed themselves to be controlled by the world, so much so, that they would deny the Word of God and stand with the world just to be human at the expense of their divinity. Human beings will prefer to be human than divine. May be some of you will begin to wonder where I am going now with such notions of humans denying their divinity. Yes, it is not human to be self-sacrificing, as that is just what is required of us when we have conflict with what is require of us by God. When we begin to be self-sacrificing that is when we will begin to get closer to our divinity. Just like Jesus said, “not my will, but your will be done”. Without that willingness, he will not be sitting at the right hand of God and we will not be talking of our salvation, but that is exactly what Jesus did and changed our destiny of eternal damnation. But humans’ beings continue to insist on what they want and what they feel, instead of listening to what God is saying and it is causing us a lot of confusion.

We will rather turn the world upside down and inside out than conform to what God expects of us “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7 ESV) People will rather choose eternal suffering for just a short of pleasure, than feel a little pain that will lead them to eternal glory. How unfortunate? The lack of patience, perseverance, and prudence, which is supposed to lead us to single mindedness, self-sacrifice and short-term suffering has taken away from us our vision, mission and goal and most importantly is going earn the present generation eternal damnation.

The question is what should we do to make sure the prophesy that was given below is fulfilled? “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 ESV) How serious are we in undertaking this project of preaching the word to all the nations of world? When preachers are more interested in building their own Kingdoms rather than building the kingdom of God. Preachers are more concern with what God is doing for them more than they are concern with doing what God expects of them and what they can do for God. So, mission is losing its focus today. The church is misguided. We need to come back to focus, which is preaching the word as it is written, doing what God expects of us as his children and being passionate about making sure the word is preached to all nations. We should focus on the Great Commission, there is too much of politics because everyone is thinking of himself or herself, instead of thinking of God.

The word of God should be central in whatever we are doing as the children of God. We should not be a shame of the teachings of the Gospel because, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) If a preacher cannot adhere to the word of God as it is, then what business has he/she in the business of God. Paul said:For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1: 16-17) A missionary should adhere this truth wherever he/she may be.

Dr. Ayuk

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