In the past 2 articles, we have looked at the church’s call to the harvest and the call to power, being filled with and directed by the Holy Spirit. Now the third and final call for the Church is “Called to Mission”.
In Luke 10 and 11, Jesus talks about 3 areas of mission work for the whole Church: the Healing Mission, the Physical Mission, and the Prayer Mission. As the body of Christ, everyone in the Church has a place to be involved in missions. Everyone must fulfill his/her part in the body so the body (the Church) can be effective in the world today.
Jesus sends out laborers into the harvest to bring healing to all people. “’Whatever city you enter…heal the sick…’” Luke 10:8,9. As Jesus did with the 12 and the 70, He gives us power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons (Luke10:19; Matthew 28:18b; Mark 16:15-18).
Further the Church is called to physical mission. In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He says our neighbor is the person who is in need. Jesus gives us the parable of the Good Samaritan who ministers to the physical need of a hurting person along side the road. We as the Church are doing a good job meeting the physical needs of people. My question is, can we do more so the people will not depend on the government but on God through His Church to meet their needs?
The last mission, but one of great importance is the prayer mission. Jesus said in Matthew 21:13, “’My house shall be called a house of prayer’”. Every ministry within the Church should be built upon a foundation of prayer. In Luke 11, Jesus gives us a pattern for prayer in order to pray effectively for God’s will to be done in people’s lives. We know this prayer as the Lord’s Prayer. We pray for God’s “’will to be done in earth as it is in heaven’” (Luke 11:2c) and for the Church to receive each day what is necessary to do the work of the Lord (Luke 11:3).
Called to Mission: healing, physical and prayer. Are we as His Church totally fulfilling that call or can we do more?