Thus far, we have looked at five principles of missions – (1) Cover It with Prayer, (2) Make It Personal, (3) Help with Humility, (4) Make It Sustainable and (5) Equip and Empower the Indigenous. Here is principle number six.
Principle Six: Connect with the Father
In the Gospel of John, Jesus taught His methodology of ministry. John 5:19 states, “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.’”
Essentially, Jesus did what the Father was already doing. He joined His Father’s enterprises. Throughout His ministry, Jesus did the will of His Father. His Father had a will and mission for Him to accomplish. Jesus never strayed from the purposes of His Father.
Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, as He struggled over what was about to happen to Him on the road to Calvary, He declared in the midst of His internal agony, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." Luke 22:42.
If, indeed, we are to be like Jesus, then our lips, at home and in the mission field, should echo the words of Jesus, “yet not my will, but Yours be done.” Hence, it is important to stay connected with the Father so we can join Him in whatever He is doing.
I once saw an acronym on a bumper sticker, which addressed this succinctly. It said, “OPT for God”.
Obey His Word – Luke 11:28.
Pray for His Direction – Matthew 7:7.
Trust His Plans – Psalm 37:5.
It is simplistic, but true. We need to always obey God’s Word, pray for His direction and trust His plans.
We hope that our missionaries in the field see the Lord and try to join in on what He is already doing in the land to which they have been called.
Something to think about…