“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.” 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.
 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.