Thinking About Mission

Vision 22:27


My wife, Marilyn, called Engage Today to the vision of Psalm 22:27. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee” (KJV).

Charles Spurgeon provided a perceptive pen: “In reading this verse one is struck with the Messiah’s missionary spirit. It is evidently his grand consolation that Jehovah will be known throughout all places of his dominion….Out from the inner circle of the present church the blessing is to spread in growing power until the remotest parts of the earth shall be ashamed of their idols, mindful of the true God, penitent for their offences, and unanimously earnest for reconciliation with Jehovah. Then shall all false worship cease,…This hope which was the reward of Jesus is a stimulus to those who fight his battles” (The Treasury of David, Vol. 1, p. 333).

This reveals the heart of David, the man after God’s own heart. Here is this verse in the NLT: “The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him, all the families of the nations will bow down before him.”

The vision of Engage Today is to link local churches to reach every Unreached People Group (UPG) promptly, thoroughly and wisely.

This whole Psalm, beginning with verse one, boasts in what our Saviour has done as He died on the cross to save us. The flow of thought is worldwide evangelization. Without an identical direction in our thinking, our thinking is off kilter.

All the rejection and horror of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, all the troubles we encounter taking the message of salvation to the ends of the earth, are realized in the impact that is being accomplished.

Our cries for help are heard, every one of them (see verse 24). The blessing of His awesome victory is the theme of the great assembly (verse 25). Everlasting joy is ours, including the poor and all who seek him (verse 26).

We need to remind ourselves, “Royal power belongs to the LORD, He rules all the nations” (verse 28). Jesus will accomplish reaching all UPGs with His mighty hand. This is a certain fact revealed here and throughout Scripture. Let us storm the gates of heaven with the cry: “Great Shepherd, let thy glorious kingdom come!”

Vision is provided by the Lord, enabling us to see the eternal perspective. Reaching UPGs will proceed post haste until His soon return.

Is this your personal vision that motivates you in your daily walk with Christ? Does your prayer life focus on reaching UPGs locally and globally? Does your cheque book reveal a heart for indigenous missions expanding into brand new areas including hostile environments?

Is the vision of your congregation dominated with world evangelization and fulfilling the Great Commission? Is your pastor leading your church to places where the Gospel has not yet gone? Is your congregation hosting speakers that feature UPGs?

The resources of churches across Canada are incredible! Putting these resources to work quickly should be our greatest joy, providing constant gladness.