Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain | John Piper
"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34). John Piper delivers a remarkable call to missions while urging listeners to give up the presumption of comfort and security. In light of the words of Christ, it is shocking how many of us insist that, if we serve God in some official ministry capacity, He should provide us with creature comforts and safety for our families. But, what we want and will for our lives may not be what the Lord calls us to do. We are to go where He leads no matter what the cost. To follow Christ in taking the gospel to the unreached often involves leaving behind all earthly security and venturing into uncertain circumstances. But the security of the Christian is ultimately found in the sure promises of God for everlasting, joyful fellowship with Him.
When considering missions today, most have very romantic and superficial ideas. We often think about the ability to travel and see the world, the start of a new life, the ease of going somewhere just to live for Christ and not be bogged down with the things of this world, etc. The popularity of short-term missions greatly contributes to this problem. There are so many things about foreign missions which seem desirable that often no one thinks about the sacrifice and work involved as well. John Piper delivers a message on this topic with three very helpful points:
1) The promise is sure.
2) The price is suffering.
3) The prize is satisfying.
1 CD |This message is also available on the John Piper Collection MP3.