This week is Global Ministries Conference at Multnomah University. Today it was very exciting to hear Dr. Miriam Adeney from Seattle Pacific University speak. A few points that I got from her plenary speech to the students at the conference is that missions is an act of worship. She said, “We are called within the context of worship to witness to people about Christ, disciple others, and serve the needy.” She went on to expound that serving the needy means charity, sustainable development, and advocacy. Then she gave examples of people she knew doing work in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
I want to camp on the idea that missions is an act of worship. Romans 12:1-2 says:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Every person is called to give of themselves to this sacrificial act of worship. If missions is an aspect of worship in how we share Christ, grow others in their faith, and serve the holistic needs of people then as the church we should be engaged in those areas not only abroad, but in our own community. I am looking forward to going to Florida for the youth group missions trip that I am a part of. I have begun praying that God would provide and am choosing to trust and praise him for what he chooses to do though and with me.