Why be a missionary? What would drive someone to leave a family and a church and a county (Lewis) that she loves? What causes a country girl to go to a faraway country and learn another language and spend all kinds of money on passport and visas and plane and bus tickets to do it?
Two sections of the Bible answer all of those questions. In sharing them, I share with you my very heartbeat – what gives me life and what I live for.
“The four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb [Jesus]…And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Revelation 5:8,9
After a few years of reading these verses, I have them memorized in both English and Portuguese. Although written for everyone, they have become God’s personal call to me, a challenge and a choice-shaper. Day after day, night after restless night, one early morning after another, these words have motivated me, encouraged my heart, and reminded me why I am pursuing certain goals. Yet, despite the familiarity, this is the part of the Bible that still makes tears run hot down my cheeks tonight, as my jaw clenches with determination, my fists in supplication, my heart tight with adoration. Jesus is worthy! Jesus died! Jesus bought us back and set us free for God!
But the story is not just for me. Not just for us, in our English-speaking, privileged lives, with a world of information and Truth in our language, just a page-turn or a mouse-click away.
Jesus is universally, globally, internationally worthy. And He died for every person, speaking their own language, living anywhere on earth. He loves us all that much, and He wants all of us to know and love Him.
And someday, at That Moment which I believe will be the greatest we will ever experience, we, the Redeemed Ones, will sing to Him, in front of His throne. That will be the most sensational choir and band that ever existed, with singers from every tribe, language, people group and nation. It’s really going to happen. And I am really going to be there.
But I want to participate not just in That Moment, but in the MAKING of That Moment. I want to invest my life in loving people from other tribes and languages, sharing the Good News of who Jesus is and what He did for them. Why? Because Jesus deserves it! And I want to help make Him famous everywhere!
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be…He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:12, 20
Our time here on earth is running out. Jesus is coming quickly. Surely. Behold. Why did He say it so emphatically? To remind us that we have an important job that we better not procrastinate on. If we don’t spread the word, share the news, and love the unreached, they may be lost forever, without even one chance to be saved. I am a born procrastinator – it has been proved on school assignments, documentation and activity planning at work, mailing birthday cards, calling people, and much more.
But with this motivation from Revelation, may I never procrastinate on talking about Jesus and doing my part to take His name and the Gospel to the ends of the earth. If you know Jesus and believe He is worthy, I hope that you too will take on this challenge today, and for the rest of your life. Until That Moment.