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God directs every process and orders every event. God is above all things and before all things. There is absolutely nothing that happens in the whole universe that is outside his knowledge and authority. As the King of kings and Lord of lords God has no limitation. He is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. He is immortal and is present everywhere for everyone and is knowable (Revelation 21:6). God knows all things past, present and future. There is no limit to his knowledge, for God knows everything completely before it even happens (Romans 11:33). From the Holy Scriptures we learn that the whole process of missions was initiated by God himself. God is a seeking God whose nature is seen in creation and in the divine intention to recreate a new humanity after people turned away in disobedience and sin (Genesis 3). The process of God reconciling humanity to him is centered in the person of Jesus Christ. The gospel story is an expression of a loving and caring God seeking to restore humanity into a godly relationship. The story of Jonah in the bible gives a clear picture of God's initiative in the field of missions.

Jonah was very reluctant witness. He strongly resisted the call of God to be a witness for God to the people of Nineveh. I want to imagine that there was no mission pillar or mission committee in the city of Nineveh. Neither was there a council meeting and a call for a missionary. It is plain from scripture that the idea that the people of Nineveh should hear and know God was rooted in the very nature of God. Paul Scherer writes, “From start to finish the biblical writers are concerned first and foremost with the mighty saving acts of God. The historian records them, the prophets proclaim them, and the Psalmists celebrate them” (see Jeremiah 31:33, Isaiah 9:6-7).

Luke chapter 15 captures very well the nature of a loving God who seeks to initiate and establish a holistic relationship with his people. Jesus has embodied “the tender mercy of our God” and reaches out to the lost in sin, the disenfranchised, the sick and all in pain (Luke 1:78, John 3:16). God is not indifferent to what is going on in the world and in each of our lives. He is not absent from the world and from human spiritual realities. As Prophet Jonah came to appreciate, it is clear from the bible that salvation belongs to God (Jonah 2:9). Moreover the responsibility of God's children in the salvation story is also apparent. The task for sharing the message of God's salvation has been entrusted to those who have been purchased by the blood of Christ. Johannes Blauw writing about theology missions says “A theology of missions can be nothing else than a theology of the church as the people of God called out of the world, placed in the world and sent out into the world”.

The last mandate of Jesus Christ to his disciples commonly known as the Great Commission was to comprehensively evangelize the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:47, John 20:21; Acts 1:8). This was unavoidably the primary responsibility of the church of Jesus Christ then and in our times. Acts of the Apostles extensively expresses the blessings of the Holy Spirit upon the church as they obediently carried out his instructions. The various letters by the apostles reveals the impact of church missions. The way the church was rooted, built up and
established in the love of Christ. This mandate sustained the church through generations of hardship, persecution, and calamity. It was this mandate that sent people like Ludwig Krapf, David Livingstone and other missionaries across borders and uncharted seas and from this, Africa and other nations of the world experienced the true sense of God's mercy and grace. I pray that as a church we will grasp the precious moment to model the zeal and the need for missions for our generation and generations to come. I am convinced that the problem of sin is what is bringing down world economies and value systems and to counter this, people everywhere need to hear the good news of Christ and encounter his saving Grace.


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