How Missions Really Does Start At Your Front Door
I love to get home.Â It’s warm and comfortable.Â I feel a sigh of relief work through my body. Then I like staying home.Â It’s not hard confronting the lazy-boy.Â I also enjoy facing down my computer screen to write a blog—no rejections or sour looks.Â I could just stay here, but I can’t.
The same could be said of the church building and the office.Â I’ll teach my class.Â I’ll grade the papers.Â I’ll preach to a big group of friends.Â I’ll stand and talk and talk and talk with another believer about the Bible.Â Â I could just stay there, but I can’t.
We’ve got to go.Â As the Father sent Jesus, so He sends us.Â Â With the force of a command, the Lord said to go and preach the gospel to every creature.Â We start with the first person and we work outward concentrically—Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, uttermost parts of the earth.
It’s simple to understand, so why isn’t it being done?Â I think it’s mainly the toasty confines that we prefer.Â The world isn’t very cooperative.Â We can’t make it happen.Â The results are thin, hard to come by.Â The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.Â And how about rebellion?Â Are believers supposed to be rebellious?Â It sounds bad to think that we would rebel against the authority of Christ.
Before the Lord spoke the Great Commission, He reminded us that He possessed all authority in both heaven and earth.Â It’s not like we’ve forgotten that, but justÂ don’t act like that He has all authority.Â Â Flashing redlights in my rear-view mirror get my attention.Â That’s authority.Â And I stop.Â But I guess that the Lord’s authority, albeit much larger, really incomparably larger than a highway patrolman’s, is not quite as in our faces.Â We need to elevate the reality of that authority by faith.
Isn’t there more than just authority too?Â Doesn’t love come into play?Â At the end of 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote “anathema” to him who does not love the Lord Jesus Christ.Â We love Him, so we want to do what He says.
So out of respect for Christ’s authority and out of love for Him, we must start with the first person and then keep going.Â Our best relations to missionaries is in the field both laboring.Â Have you been to preach the gospel to every person in your neighborhood?Â To every house in your town or city?Â That is the mission that God gave us.Â It’s also what I want our missionaries to be doing—out there preaching it.Â If I know they are; that pleases me.
How does it get done?Â You carve out the time.Â You get on the clothes that will represent Jesus Christ.Â You get your Bible or New Testament.Â You walk up to someone’s door.Â You knock or ring the door bell.Â You preach.Â You’re not there to develop a relationship. You’re there to be bold and proclaim the message.Â Lovingly, yes.Â But you preach it as long as they’ll listen.Â They might not.Â Most won’t.Â But the mission is preaching, and that you can do.
Some will say that door-to-door doesn’t work.Â It does work.Â It works at getting the gospel to every person.Â If you have a better way, then let me know.Â Â Witnessing to just those with whom you naturally come into contact will not get the gospel to everyone.
Do you remember what Philip did after he preached to the Eunuch?Â He went home and got a cold ice tea, didn’t he?Â No.Â Look at the last verse of Acts 8.Â You probably already have an idea if you don’t already know.Â He preached to every town from the point where he finished with the Eunuch all the way up the coast.Â I want to challenge you with something I’m challenging myself anew.Â Â Find a portion of your town or city and determine that youÂ will leave your front door and go to everyone of those front doors.Â Â Don’t just invite them to church.Â Don’t just leave the tract and brochure.Â Â Preach the gospel.Â When we get to heaven, it is not something that we will be sorry that we did.