For Christmas I presented a copy of David Alan Black's Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? to our Life Group in Apex Baptist. I was excited to hear an update from my brother Nathan on what the Lord taught him through reading this tiny (yet content-rich) book. You can read a summary of the book here and here. And you can read a little bit about how our Life Group has been using the book here.
I don't think there is anything more exciting than participating in God's plan to draw people to himself through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. If we are in Christ, we are supposed to be into the Great Commission. I spoke with a sister in the Lord yesterday who I have noticed a significant change in. Here is what I said: "Sister, what's going on in your life?" She answered: "What do you mean?" I said: "I can just tell a difference in you. I can tell God is at work in your life, and I'm curious to know what he's doing." She smiled and gave me this answer: "You know I was thinking about when the Lord saved me. It's been almost forty years. When I started thinking about that, it hit me... I haven't done anything really for the kingdom." She said God's worked on her heart, convicted her of not living for things that have eternal significance in the past, and is resolved to maximize her life for the sake of the gospel with the rest of her life. My heart was leaping inside of me. I think this answer is going to be more and more present in our conversations in the days and years ahead. It has to be if we are going to be faithful to doing the work that Christ has saved us for and keeps us alive for. We're not tourists; we are ambassadors. We're not lifetime, boot-camp Christians; we're saved to get to work.
When we realize that our full-time work is gospel work and everything else is part-time, then, and only then, will we have the right frame of mind when it comes to the Christian life. There are more full-time Christian ministers than there are pastoral leaders in paid staff positions in local churches. How is that? Because if you are in Christ, you are a full-time minister. If you are in Christ, you are a full-time Christian missionary--everywhere you are, all the time, to everyone.