The following is Todd’s call to worship from yesterday. It is by far my favorite he has ever given.
“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” – Nate Saint
missionary – a person strongly in favor of a set of principles who attempts to persuade or convert others
eternal – without end; lasting forever; always existing, perpetual; ceaseless, enduring; existing outside all relations of time; not subject to change
wasted – done to no avail; useless: to squander, to fail or neglect to use, to destroy gradually; to be consumed, spent of employed uselessly or without giving full value or being fully utilized or appreciated
I have to look at our summer missionary kids who are teaching 5 Day Clubs right now. They are working hard, planting seeds, seeing some first fruits, and not getting paid in earthly wages. But they are certainly making an effort to further the kingdom of heaven and make an eternal empact on people’s lives by teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Each of us as believers has a missionary responsibility, either to seize the opportunities we have to share the gospel with the lost or to edify and encourage those we know to be saved. We can’t all go overseas. We can’t all be Billy Graham or Billy Sunday, but we can minister as missionaries in our workplace, school, and our homes.
As I have said in other calls to worship, each of us has been given ONE life to live; some longer than others but only ONE life nonetheless. It is not how long we live, but how we live that life that will matter for eternity. It never hurts to take a step back and examine just exactly what it is we are doing with our life. Is it being fully utilized for God? Or is it being squandered away on the emptiness that the world has to offer?
Luke 12:16-21 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”