An Exhortation For Missionaries To Keep Their Eyes Fixed On The Kingdom

For our sake He became poor…so that by His poverty, we might become rich.

This is an exhortation to act, not for the sake of doing, but for the sake of being in the presence of your Savior. To get a glimpse of His life, what He did, how He felt, how He hurt, how He loved, how He healed. How His eyes were fixed on another kingdom. With intentionality in His every step, He came, He laid down His life. Pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, upon Him was the chastisement that brings us peace. By His stripes, we are healed. Because of the wrath of God that was poured out on Him, He can say ‘I died, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys to death and hell.’

In a community, a church that labors to be doers of the word, missionaries in every area of our lives, I am reminded and am compelled to remind you, that we MUST find ourselves in Him, know the depth of His love, His character, His promises. Get lost in who He was and who He is and will always be. It was C.S. Lewis that said; "It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."

My personal journey has been one that has become quick to act, but slow to mediate and worship. One in which gets weary quickly and can even grow resentful, which counteracts the original effort to display Christ. I become self sufficient and self sustaining (or so I think) and then am unable to really be effective at all. I have a tendency to feel guilt or obligation instead of a deep Spirit leading. So, I exhort you now, because the Spirit has compelled me, He has changed me and allowed me to see through different eyes…His eyes. His eyes were fixed on the kingdom for the sake of His name. I realize that when I hit the wall, is when my head looks up from my labor and I see the world, and I begin to think it is my home. If it is my home, I only have a limited amount of time here, so I don’t want to be uncomfortable, to be challenged too much, or to take on the burden of other peoples needs or problems. BUT THIS IS NOT OUR HOME! Praise the One who reigns!

If His word is true, there is coming a day when there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more unmet longings or expectations, no more sinful nature, NO MORE ENEMY, no more injustice….and we will get to be WITH HIM! It is written, ‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.’ Now, He has gone to prepare a place for us. He is coming back to get us and those who belong to Him.

So now, through His Spirit, with our eyes fixed on Him and His kingdom, we get to be a part of His mission. This is what He left us on the earth to do. He will come back when it is complete and when He is ready.

Be strengthened fellow missionaries! For the sake of pouring yourself out for the unreached and unloved and satisfy the desires of the afflicted. For the sake of sharing your bread with the hungry and bringing the homeless poor into your home. For the sake of seeing the naked and covering him, in order to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke.

He says that your light will break forth like the dawn, and your righteousness shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then, you shall call and the Lord will answer, you shall cry and He shall say ‘Here I AM’. Your light will rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

He is worthy of everything. He gave us everything. He will take us home.

For our sake He became poor…so that by His poverty, we might become rich.

— LM

Jon Lawler