Investing in Someone’s Eternity through Missions

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Church, Discipleship, Evangelism, Missions

With the Thanksgiving weekend observed by families and friends gathering together and the “Black Friday” sales in the past, we’re officially in the Christmas season. For the next four weeks, we will experience an advertising blitz from all points to try to get us to spend our dollars. From sparkling diamonds to iPads and the like, and from toys to the latest fashions, we have an endless array of choices.

However, when we spend our money on things, we need to remember that they will break, wear out, go out of style, and become outdated. May I suggest something that won’t do any of these things? Consider an investment in eternity through a generous gift through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are part of the task to fulfill the Great Commission. Paul wrote, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Jesus has commissioned us to be His heart, His hands, and His voice. Through praying, giving, and going, Southern Baptists have fulfilled this legacy for more than 160 years. Yet billions remain lost and time may be running out for them. We must pray more intentionally and give more sacrificially than ever before. We must take direct responsibility for helping reach the nearly 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups (UUPGs) that missionaries may never be able to reach.

Almost five years ago, our congregation adopted one of the UUPGs in the world – the Z people in Nigeria. While that work has gone slowly, we have seen the Spirit of God move FZ and BZ, and a couple of churches have been established. We have partnered with a national Nigerian church to further that work. Please join me in praying for this work to prosper.

As we join other Southern Baptists in a week of prayer for International Missions beginning next Sunday, December 4, and continuing through Sunday, December 11, pray for the UUPGs in the world. Pray that churches in the United States will sense God’s calling them to adopt these people so that the gospel might be extended to them as well. Join me in praying for how the Lord might direct us to adopt another UUPG. Pray also for the almost 5,000 missionaries the Southern Baptists have deployed around the world. Pray that they will be effective in presenting the gospel.

We can also give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the annual emphasis which helps us extend the gospel in more than 150 countries in the world. We often take for granted the privilege we have to know Jesus in a personal way. Millions of people still have not heard the good news.

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