Missiology Through Scripture – Numbers 14:21

“But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,” – Numbers 14:21

Too many missionaries move forward with trepidation because they view God’s Great Commission as too large, and their own abilities as too small. Certainly, if we attempt to bear the burden of missions on our own shoulders it is an unmanageable, confidence crushing, anxiety producing mess.

The sovereignty of God should produce confidence in missionaries as they acknowledge it is not their labors which matter, but God’s. In addition, God has already promised that he will have victory. Johnathan Edwards said, “God hath sworn by his great name, that he will have his glory of men, whether they will actively glorify him or no.”[1] The pressure is off us. God bears the load by working through us and he has already assured victory.

This guarantee should give every missionary the liberty they need to fail. If God is both the laborer and the victor, the stress is not ours. God’s declaration of the certainty that the entire earth will glorify the Lord is freeing to the missionary. The laborers in the harvest are to simply avail themselves to God’s calling. Following God’s will in obedience provides the missionary with the understanding that their insufficiency is dwarfed by the sufficiency of the Creator of the universe.

The missionary who falsely takes the responsibility of the souls of the nations on himself is doomed to fail under a task which he cannot accomplish. God’s authority and his guarantee removes the stifling fetters from the ankles of God’s servants. A missionary is liberated from unrealistic expectations by God’s assurance of triumph through his will. How frightening and depressing it must be for a missionary to live under a false belief that their actions, or inactions, can cost a saint his eternity. Bask in the already determined outcome of God’s ordained plan for the nations. Labor with joy, not with a crippling fear of a failure which will never be realized.

 

[1] Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 2 (Banner of Truth Trust, 1974), 129.

About Mike

Mike, 49, 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 three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies.

Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. 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 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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