The Value of the Christian
Mission and Service
In our Ministry Program we strive to reveal the value of Christian service, and share what needs to be done in order to prepare to reach out and help meet the spiritual needs of people living in the world today. Christians should be adequately educated, and trained, for God’s Great Commission.
A Mission By Definition
The English words “mission and missionary” are not specifically recorded in the King James Version of the Bible. By definition though, mission means: to send; as persons sent somewhere to perform a stipulated service; and a Christian service worker is someone engaged in, or devoted to, the work of serving God, and Jesus Christ (God’s Son), in this world according to the mission God has selected.
What is Christian Service?
If you were to ask a group of people what Christian service was, it might be surprising how many different answers would be received. Essentially though, it encompasses all the areas of ministry available to Christians for the furtherance of God’s plan for the salvation of mankind.
Essence of True Ministry
Everything that has life, lives to contribute to the life of other things. In nature we see how the waters of a river contribute their life-giving properties to the trees and flowers along it’s banks, and we enjoy the blessings that result from their gift. True ministry for God is comparatively the same. Ministry is the freewill offering of our God-given talents and blessings to help people, whenever, and wherever, possible. Please note though, that ministry is not just a “part” of mission work. It covers every aspect of life and service. Once this is understood, it isn’t difficult to comprehend that whatever is done with ministry in mind is something of great value for God, for our fellowman, and for ourselves as well.
Why Values Should Be Considered
You might ask: “Why do we need to consider the value of Christian service work? Doesn’t everyone know that such work is important?” To answer clearly: No, everyone may not understand. To explain this better there is an experience told about two mothers who were talking together one day. One said: “…And my son is going to be a neurosurgeon… what about yours?” The other hesitatingly replied: “Well…uh, yes… mine is going to be a…missionary…”.
With the first son there was expressed a great hope for success in the field of medicine; but for the other, there was almost an apology made.
People sometimes feel a little embarrassed speaking about relatives who have decided to build a career in God’s workplace. But there’s no need to feel this way.
If a low estimate is placed upon something, there is a tendency not to appreciate and support it as much as things considered to be of greater value.
Some people have expressed an attitude that seems to imply: “…if you can’t do anything else, you can always become a missionary…”
Most people try to encourage their relatives and friends to make good career choices. To become a doctor, government representative, or executive in a corporate business (careers that usually promise prestige and solid economic security), have often been encouraged more than trying to help them prepare for Christian service.
Christian Work is Work!
Christian service work is a worthy vocation, and needs to be elevated to its rightful position in the world, and in our thinking, to a position of dignity and respect.
In reality, true Christian service is not as easy as it may at first appear. Quality time and effort must be invested to train responsible people for this important work.
Psalm 36:9 says: For with thee [God] is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to view the value of Christian services from God’s perspective?
Someone once said: “The day is short, the labor long, the workers are idle, the reward is great, and the Master is urgent.”
It is no secret that some people have tried to enter God’s workforce with the thought that what they were about to do was going to be easy. On the surface, watching ministers speak in the pulpit, sharing the Gospel while visiting in someone’s home, or distributing Christ-centered literature in local neighborhoods, for some doesn’t appear strenuous or difficult. But things viewed from this level, don’t always reveal what is underneath.
Christian service is sometimes difficult; but it’s also a great blessing too.
Benefits From Christian Service
You remember it was said near the beginning of this article that true Christian work is ministry. Ministry means the free offering of our talents, and blessings, to help people prepare for eternal life.
With these things in mind it isn’t too difficult to see really how anyone can benefit in some way from such efforts.
The reason we are considering benefits here is because in God’s work it may seem at times, to a dedicated Christian worker, that people don’t seem to be responding as well as was hoped for; or that there are too many who seem not to care about what is being done to help them. Maybe the time spent for such work could be better invested in another vocation.
Let’s take a moment to consider what the Lord through His servant Paul, the Apostle, said:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58
If you want to be successful in God’s service always remember this!
Even if no one offers you words of encouragement, Jesus is keeping track of all that you do for Him.
Before we close, let’s review God’s Great Commission presented in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus said:
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Jesus will bestow His blessings and benefits which far outweigh all the effort that’s being expended when we try to help others.
And nothing is ever lost when its carried forward in true love, and service, for Him.
This article was written by Chris Teske
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