In the Beginning – Missions

Are you passionate about scattering and filling? You should be. God is. God’s passion for missions is unmistakably evident from the beginning of the 66 books of the Bible right to the end, or to say it another way, the whole Bible is written in the context of mission. God has been on mission from the very beginning of creation to display his glory for all to see so that He might be worshiped. Part of being in relationship with God is understanding that we are on mission with God, and that means everyone without exception or option.

In Genesis 1:26-28 we are told that God made man, “In Our image, in our likeness.” We go on to read again that “God created them male and female in His own image, in the image of God He created them.” So twice the text states that man, both male and female are image bearers for God to say something about God, to display God, to show God, to communicate God, and the reason we know this is because verse 28 says that God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” This is significant because before sin ever came into the world, God wanted people to scatter and fill the earth with His image and glory. Even though sin had not yet infected the creation of God, God’s command was to multiply and fill creation with his image and likeness.

Unfortunately sin did come into creation and yet the mission did not change, but scattering and filling became a point of resistance to God as seen in Genesis 11 and the story of Babel. In verse 5 the people come together to build a tower that reaches the sky so that they would not be scattered. I verse 7-8 God goes down and confounds their language and scatters them all over the face of the earth, and again in verse 10 it says that God scattered them over the whole face of the earth. The point is that God wants us to scatter with His image, and if we won’t scatter as image bearers who enjoy God then God will scatter us Himself. Perhaps this is why He scattered the Jews in the Old Testament with the exile and why He again scattered the early church with persecution in the book of Acts. But back to Genesis. In chapter 12 God finds in Abraham someone who will scatter and be a blessing to all the families of the earth. Abraham left his home, scattering to fill.

Scattering and filling the earth with God’s image and glory is God’s passion, and God’s passion and our joy meet at the point of extending God through Jesus to others. Our resisting or ignoring this truth results in short-circuiting the blessing others would receive from us and the blessing we receive from extending others the message of Jesus.

God’s plan is for us to be a missions-minded people for His glory because God is a missions-minded God. There are 6.6 billion people in the world who need the mercy of God through Jesus. There are at least 2029 unreached people groups (ethnic groups) in the world and 1.6 billion people who have no sustainable gospel witness. God is not being worshiped and glorified through Jesus by one-fourth of the world’s population because those 1.6 billion people cannot worship what they do not know (Romans 10). I suppose the question we should pray and ask is not “should I give and go?”, but “how can I not give and go?”

Our missions goal at Eagle Heights is $12,000.00. That is the least we can do when we have 6.6 billion reasons to do more for a Missions-minded God who has always been on mission to save us and others for His glory.

About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on November 6, 2009, in Missions, Salvific Gospel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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