Missional Compulsion

Missional Compulsion

Our church staff attended the “Field Forum” regional event together this week. One of the verses that was ignited in my heart was this one:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:14-16)

I am remembering an astronomer I met awhile back who told about new discoveries indicating that the furthest stars in the universe, which should be slowing down in their outward movement in accordance with the “big bang” theory, are actually speeding up.

What a fascinating thing to consider. That should not be happening. From what I understand regarding the laws of physics, the increasing momentum could only be possible if there is some force causing it or some vacuum of decreasing resistance into which they are moving. Perhaps it is both.

It sounds to me like an illustration of world missions. It is like the stars are speeding toward the outermost darkness in order to illuminate it. It’s like they are increasing their momentum to reach further into the expanse of the universe. Some driving force is sending them further away with gaining intent into places where emptiness abounds but resistance is losing ground.

It is the heartbeat of God for people lost in darkness that moves us. It is the missionary endeavor with the advance of the kingdom of light into the outer reaches of the kingdom of darkness.

I think I will give a little more to missions this month and pray more for missionaries in order to be part of the increased momentum, shining here, there, and everywhere for God’s glory. Missions is astronomical.

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