I just sat through one of the most enjoyable half-hours of my life, listening to Tony Johnson talk about his first year of work as a missionary in Tamale (TOM Uh Lee), Ghana. While I listen as one who considers Tony a dear friend whom I had the blessing of teaching “Preacher And His Work” while he was in school, the thrill came from who Tony is and what he is doing. He has a superior understanding of what it takes to do missions, a rare intellect and knack for analysis, and a heart for soul-winning. He would excel in a pulpit anywhere in America, but he has chosen to help evangelize, edify, and extend benevolence to the almost entirely Muslim areas of northern Ghana, western Togo, and southern Burkina Faso. He joins other excellent workers in that region like Steven Ashcraft, men of ability, intellect, and integrity who are faithful to the Word.
As I sat there, this thought occurred to me. Wherever you and I find ourselves, whether in lesser or greater fertile fields, we need to have a passion and fervent heart for our Lord’s mission. While listening to Tony made me want to make plans to go to a third-world nation, I was made aware of how diligently God wants me working in the field where I have been planted. Wherever we find ourselves on this earth, our heart must beat for the purpose for which God has us on this earth. It meant so much to Jesus that He left these as parting words to the disciples before His face and those who would thereafter read them: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Doesn’t that stir your heart to missions? To His mission?