The Living God is a Missionary God
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
The nations are not gathered in automatically. If God has promised to bless all the nations of the earth, he has done so through Abraham’s seed (Genesis 12:3, 22:18). Now we Christians are Abraham’s seed by faith, and the earth’s families will be blessed only as we go to them with the gospel. That is God’s plain purpose.
I pray that the words, “all the nations of the earth will be blessed because you have obeyed my voice,” (Genesis 22:18) may be written on our hearts. Our God is a missionary God.
Adapted from, “The Living God is a Missionary God”, by John R. Stott, published in Perspectives on the World Missionary Movement: A Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, William Carey Library, Pasadena, CA, 1999.