Go to the Ends of the Earth
Christians are called to declare, among all people, the character and great works of God.
The British missionaries who led my family to Christ made all the cultural mistakes in the book. I remember as a little boy sitting in the front row, watching this poor man. It was hot as blazes in the summer. Being a proper Britisher, he not only wore a tweed suit but a vest and thick socks. He would stand there sweating and sweating. I remember looking at the poor fellow and saying, "Why doesn't he take his coat off?" But a proper Britisher in those days kept his coat on and toughed it out. He massacred the Spanish language and had strange foreign habits. But because of that fellow, my father went to heaven.
I thank God that the missionaries who led me to the Lord Jesus Christ have planted churches all over the world. And I thank him because now there are missionaries from all nations to all nations. Hispanics minister with the Muslims. Asians, so proper and so correct, come to Latin America. The contrast is amazing. Thank God for missionaries.
What intrigues me is how God uses individuals. God even uses unbelievers to accomplish his purposes. Our great thought this morning is that the purposes of God around the world will be fulfilled. No man can frustrate the purposes of God. But God delights to use us, his people, to accomplish his purposes.
In Isaiah 49:6 God says, "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."
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