What is expected of a missionary?
Last week we came to a consensus that as long as you are born again and have covenant relationship with Jesus, then you are a missionary. We agreed that regardless of the varying definitions of who a missionary is, the underlying root word is the one who has been SENT. As believers we are all sent at least going by the great commission in Matt 28:18-20.
Today we seek to address the question; “what is expected of a missionary?”
The heavens have certain expectation from that believer whom the LORD has recruited into his filed. Their life is ordered from a central command. Everything they do, where they do it ho they do is so interconnected from the beginning to the end.
- Let us make man…is a discussion in heaven regarding the CREATION of man-Genesis
- The Case of Job… is a discussion in heaven between God and the Satan-Job 1 & 2
- The Case of Ahab…is a discussion in heaven on how to kill Ahab-1Kings 22:20
- The case of Lazarusand Many other illustrations given by Jesus on how the heavens work.
Main Text:Ps 105:1-19
Psa 105:1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Psa 105:2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Psa 105:3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Psa 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Psa 105:5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
Psa 105:6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
Psa 105:7 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
Psa 105:8 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
Psa 105:9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
Psa 105:10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
Psa 105:11 To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.
Psa 105:12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
Psa 105:13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
Psa 105:14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
Psa 105:15 Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.
Psa 105:16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
Psa 105:17 and he SENTa man before them– Joseph, sold as a slave.
Psa 105:18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
Psa 105:19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
Some of the Spiritual truths found in the above passage include:-
- A covenant keeping God:The Psalmist in the initial verses presents God as a covenant keeping God. A God who enters into trans-generational relationship with individuals and their successive progenies. The relationship is very specific to an individual that is whyAbraham, Isaacand Jacobare mentioned by name.
It is important to understand that from generation to generation, God has been reaching outand relating to mankind. The writer of Hebrews captures this very well in Heb1:1-2
“Heb 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathersthrough the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”
Initiation of the covenant:In our time he has chosen to relate with us through Jesus Christ. An offer that only requires acceptance according to John 1:10-13. This is an eternal relationship that starts here and continues to eternity. That is why Both John the Baptist and Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is here.
- A Missional God:The Psalmist enables us to see that even though Joseph was sold by his brothers to Egypt, in actual sense it is God who sent him there. That SENT has a similar root word as the SENTused by the writer of Matthew when Jesus sent the disciples to reach out with the gospel.
Psa 105:16-17 “He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
and he SENTa man before them– Joseph, sold as a slave.”
- God’s purposes are manifested in our normal daily choresas we walk in obediencein the exact place and time he has placed us.
Acts 17:26-27 “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not farfrom each one of us.”
What then is expected of a missionary who is in this relationship?
Just one word “Obedience”
I put it to you that the time and place where we are dwelling is predetermined by God and if we walk in obedience then we enable the will of God in heaven to be accomplished on earth.
- Elevation of Joseph to prime minister of Egyptbegan in obedience to his father to go check on his brothers and bring to him a report on how they were fairing.(Gen 37:12-14)
- Anointing of Saul as the king of Israelbegan as an obedience to his father Kish to go pursue lost donkeys. (1Sam9 & 10).While the father sent him to seek after lost donkeys, God had it orchestrated to have him made king of Israel.
“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from Benjamin…(1Sam9:16)
- The elevation of David from obscurity to national limelightin line with his kingship began when he obeyed his father Jesse to go and check on how his brothers were fairing on in the battle field.(1Sam 17)
- We are beneficiaries of Salvationtoday because the apostles obeyed the call to “Go and make disciples.”
- The Gospel reached the global south,because some missionaries walked in obedience and brought to Africa the good news.
- Many Marriages are being restored and families reconciledbecause there is a Dr Mukolwe who left his lucrative veterinary medicine practice to respond to the call of God to teach on matters parenting.
Walking in obedience unlocks every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Benefits of Obedience
- Obedience carries with itself a promise of Long Life…(Eph:6:1-3)
- Promotion comes through obedience…(Philipians2:5-11)
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore GOD EXALTED HIMto the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Obedience connects us with the will of God in heaven even if it is punctuated with suffering like the case of Joseph.
- When we obey, we are in essence Joining God in his eternal rescue plan. We become reconcilers of men back to God.
- Obedience leads to trans-generational blessings. Enables us to live a rich legacy for successive generations.
- Reward awaits those who obey.
When we obey we are exercising faith and in so doing we are pleasing God. We make it easy for the heavens to support our efforts. God has always been and is still willing to use any vessel for his noble purpose as long as we walk in obedience.
The question that then beholds us is, are we willing to walk in obedience as believers?
As a seeker of God, are you willing to obey his call in your life to surrender to him and accept his offer of salvation from his son Jesus Christ?
A response to the above two questions injects eternal life to us and many others who will respond in obedience because of our obedience.
Pastor Benson Omondi