3) Is There A Biblical Basis for the Missionary Call?
In the opening remarks of this chapter, Sills asks us to consider the question: Is the bible the basis for missions, or is the work of missions the reason for the bible? (I say both!) The missionary call is not a checklist where we can see if we have enough checks on the list to make the cut. (Although that does seem like it would be easier!) God is a missionary God with a heartbeat for the nations that can be seen from Genesis to Revelation.
In this chapter Sills provides examples from the OT and NT of people whom God called to service. Some obeyed the call, some did not. No two men were called exactly the same way. The call of God varies with each individual. Although we may not be able to give a concrete definition of a missionary call that can apply to everyone the same, we do know, however, that God calls every Christian to live with a missionary heart.
We know that not every Christian will be called to go. History indicates that most will stay at home. But before you decide to dig your stakes in too deep, listen to the words of Paul:
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:14-17)
Without the gospel no one will be saved! The nations must hear! Jesus has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature! Will you go? If not, will you live a lifestyle of missionary-like sacrifice so that both “goer” and “sender” will have a shared passion and commitment to reach the world with the gospel in this generation?