In my devotional reading in Romans this morning (Thursday), I was reminded by the Holy Spirit to reflect on the significance of preachers being sent into the mission field. Paul wrote, How shall they preach unless they are sent (Romans 10:15, NKJV). It has been appropriately said that the United States is now a mission field. Spreading New Testament Christianity in our country is difficult at best, in part, because this country has been saturated with Christian ideology for hundreds of years. With the various Christian ideologies comes entrenchment. Still, those dedicated to the purity of New Testament teaching continue to preach and teach. In other parts of the world, however, this may not be the case at all. There may be few who have even heard of New Testament Christianity. For the benefit of the Lord’s cause, many godly men and their respective families travel to areas of the world completely foreign in order to help but a few plant the seed of the word (Luke 8:11), doing what they can to water, leaving to God for the plant’s growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Let us pray for foreign missionaries, and let us do what we can to support them in their work (cf. Rom. 15:24). A most important work it is. RT
The power of God’s message is in His word (Rom. 1:16) as it is proclaimed by men (2 Timothy 2:2). When men, or people in general, take the word of God, allowing it to reign in their individual hearts, then that which is within is going to make its way out.
Peter said, “for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20, ESV). For the apostles, It was not merely a matter of having seen and heard, but they lived the message of Christ for at least three years. Having proclaimed this message, people’s lives were changed. Because of this, the value of getting the word of God into the hands of any and all is invaluable. Thus, when missionaries come, give them your attention, and when the Bible can be given, let us give that some attention also.