Missiology Through Scripture – Genesis 12:1-3

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and pin you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” – Genesis 12:1-3

This call to “go” is at the heart of the great pain and the astounding joy experienced by all missionaries. Each missionary who leaves his home and his family has experienced the tears and anguish of being separated from the familiar and comfortable. It is an unnatural act to voluntarily leave that which brings us great peace and joy.

Like Abram, missionaries do not leave their homes to receive fame and riches. Missionaries abandon the familiar because they are obedient and because they desire to grow their spiritual family. Missionaries obey the call because they desire to see God’s glory expanded by the increase of those who worship him.

Missionaries are not the amazing Christian disciples, they are simply obedient. Christopher Wright says, “If we are in Christ, we not only share in the blessing of Abraham, we are commissioned to spread the blessing of Abraham.”[1] Christian missionaries today experience the joy felt by Abram when he sacrificed his personal pleasure for God’s gain.

This blessing promised to our Father Abram is promised also to us. It should not be understood as a personal benefit or reward, but as an exalting of the familial line we have in Jesus Christ. It is God who receives glory through missions when the lost are called to him.

All Christian disciples have been blessed by God, not because they are good or worthy, but so we may be a blessing to others. All we have is from God and for God’s glory. Each of us must avail ourselves, our family, and our belongs to God’s glory. If he has not called a Christian to give up his comfort and go, like Abram, he has called that Christian to support and pray for missionaries. We have all been given gifts and blessings to advance God’s kingdom and bring him glory.


[1] Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, Biblical Theology for Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 72.

About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.
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