I just started reading John Piper’s book entitled, “Let the Nations be Glad!”. I knew from the first paragraph that I would like this read:
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
My thoughts on Piper’s words:
This is an important concept for all Christians to understand, especially when it comes to “missions”. Every child of God is missional because they should be worshipful. Worship of God plays out in our lives in the way we interact with everyone and everything around us. Because we are focusing intently on who God is, what he has done, is doing and promises to do, we worship. When we worship we either are 1) encouraging brothers and sisters in their worship (missional living within the Church) or 2) encouraging the lost to open their hearts to this God whom we worship (missional living outside the Church).
Missions is not something that one “goes and does” as much as it is the way one lives moment by moment. Understanding this helps us in our choices and decisions we make as to the “why” and “where” we go to minister. Knowing that there are thousands of people groups that do not have access to the knowledge of this God whom we worship ought to compel us out of our local assembly and into their community. Confidence builds as we focus on such passages as Revelation 7:9-12 which foretell that a great crowd of people from every tribe, people and language, will surround the Christ and continue that which they have practiced on earth: worship.