Let’s begin with the end in mind: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” – Revelation 7:9-10. Beautiful, isn’t it? People from every ethnicity and people group worshiping God.
The Great Commission in Matthew 28: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” These are our marching orders, our Great Mandate, if you will. Those who are following Christ are all called to “go”, “make”, “baptize”, and “teach” disciples. So, disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
Born by the Spirit, Born for Mission
Before Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, he said in Acts 1: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about…in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” In Acts 2, Jesus tells his apostles to stay in Jerusalem and to wait for the Holy Spirit. This is Pentecost. A blowing wind and tongues of fire, all speaking different languages as the Spirit enabled them. People thought they were drunk, but it was only 9am.
Peter tells the crowd that they are not drunk, but that they are seeing the prophecy from Joel 2 being fulfilled. The Spirit being poured out on all people. Prophecy, dreams and visions abound. This is the beginning of the Church. This is the beginning of Christian missions. This is the beginning of Christ’s followers being empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s the continuation of God’s restoration of all things that we see in Genesis and throughout scripture – the reign of God on earth and Him on His throne from Eden to the Tabernacle to Jesus to the body of Christ.
The Spirit is Calling
God has been calling His people since the beginning of time. Some hear it and respond, and others just don’t or stop responding. God called Abraham to go and leave his family, and that he was to be a blessing. He left and listened at times, and eventually we see that God fulfills His promise, that all peoples on the earth would be blessed through him. We see God calling His own people to himself over and over again. Israel forgets about their God often. They cry out when they are in exile and need Him. This seems to happen too many times. God sends them prophets to warn them of the ramifications of turning their backs on Him. Eventually, we read in Ezekiel, the presence of God leaves the tabernacle. The Holy Spirit is not heard from again for over 400 years. Then Jesus came.
Jesus came as both fully divine and fully human. Before his ministry started, he was baptized by John the Baptist. Witnesses say that what they saw was like a dove descending on Jesus – this is the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ healings and miracles and driving out demons was done through his humanity, being Spirit-filled, according to the Vineyard Institute class “The Story of the Kingdom.” This same Spirit-filled humanity is available to us today.
The Supernatural 10/40
So, we’ve all been called to make disciples for Jesus. We have all the gifts of the Spirit. We have the capability to perform miracles, healings and take part in power encounters seen around the world. According to the Joshua Project and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, the task remaining, the last large area in the world where the Good News of Jesus Christ is needed most, is in what’s called the 10/40 Window. It’s the area 10 to 40 degrees North Latitude mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. Most of the religions in the 10/40 Window can be remembered by the acronym THUMB – Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, and Buddhist. Most of these religions and their people are spiritual and supernatural by their nature. Power encounters happen all the time. Often it is “my God is stronger than your god.” Charismatics and Pentecostals have that spiritual element that is primed for missions, especially within the very supernatural 10/40 Window.
What is GoCorps?
I work for a missions mobilization organization called GoCorps. We help Christians invest two years of their career in global service. We believe that the Great Commission was never intended to be just for traditional missionaries and that meeting the deepest needs of our world today are not going to happen in our spare time or only with our spare change. It’s going to take going beyond ordinary. So, GoCorps invites young adults out of their comfort zones into challenging projects in some of the hardest places globally, ensuring they’re trained and mentored, and streamlining the process of getting them there. We offer two-year global service apprenticeships through carefully vetted Christian non-profits unleashing young adults to use their degree, passions and skillsets to bring the gospel to those with the least access and the greatest need.
The results is that GoCorps Goers receive work experience that sets them apart in the global marketplace. Our Goers make a real impact spiritually and physically in the local community where they serve. Goers transition from their two-year placement with a clearer understanding of their calling and vocation, and are equipped and inspired to live missionally wherever their journey takes them.
Partner with God
So, has the Holy Spirit been tugging on your heart? Has God given you a heart for people that are not like you? Are you responding to Jesus’ call to make disciples among the nations? If the nations are not coming to you, will you go to them?
God calls us to be partners with Him in what he’s doing around the world. How will you answer that call? Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
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