Motivation for Mission

A couple of articles back, I emphasized that we are passing through this world on our way home. I also mentioned that we have a mission as we move forward and upward toward home. In II Corinthians 5:11, Paul states: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” Our mission is to persuade men (reason with them; urge them) to escape God’s just judgment. He mentions that his motivation is seen by God and adds that he trusts that their consciences confirm that this is their mission also. Then, in Verses 12-15, he offers the Corinthian believers some ammunition to refute those who are trying to discredit him. He reminds them that however he is perceived, it is their welfare that concerns him. He then speaks of their responsibility to carry on the mission, constrained by the love of Christ. In his own words: “For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead: and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.” In the hymn, “A Passion for Souls,” Herbert G. Tovey offers a prayer which should be our prayer, as well! Let us pray: “Give me a passion for souls, dear Lord, a passion to save the lost; O that Thy love were by all adored, and welcomed at any cost! Jesus, I long, I long to be winning men who are lost, and constantly sinning; O may this hour be one of beginning, the story of pardon to tell.” Selah! Our mission is a rescue mission. This mission is to get the Word of “Life.” to those who are sinking, where they can “grab” onto it, if they will, and escape eternal death.   Ron

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