Jesus came and said to them, “Go therefore and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19)
Would you call yourself a global Christian? Am I global Christian? What does a global Christian look like? And are Christians supposed to be global in their thinking, praying and service?
Well first of all, a global Christian would be bothered by how I have quoted Jesus at the top of this article! They would immediately be bothered that I have cut Jesus’ command to his disciples critically short when it should read, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What does being global look like practically for us in the EU? Here are just some of the ways we think globally…
For starters, our staff meetings begin with a “mission-minute” where we hear about and pray for Christians serving in a Less Reached or Less Resourced (LRLR) location.
This week, I joined with my ACES students who have been praying at their daily 3:15pm student-lead prayer meetings for the nations of the world using the “Operation World” website.
At Public Meetings a few hundred students each week hear evangelistic challenges like this one: “There is a world of need for those who don’t know Jesus yet”. That came from Rowan Kemp as he taught about the spread of the gospel recorded in Acts in the series “How Jesus became Famous.”
My wife and I took up Celia Toose’s challenge at NTE last year to buy a map of the world and start knowing and praying for the nations.
Last year at AnCon we invited thirteen missionaries from areas such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Ireland to be in residence with us for the week. We’ll have missionaries again this year!
Bigger still, one of my students shared with me recently that he is considering being a medical-missionary in inland China with his degree one day! Pray that this actually happens!
So are Christians supposed to be globally-minded? Yes! Jesus commands that it be so, and in the end we are always only ever sending, going or ignoring.
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