The theme of Sandton Bible Church’s (SBC) Missions Conference 2014 was Let Go. We need to Let Go and Let God in our lives, no longer holding onto things with tight fists but placing them on open hands saying “God, if you want this you can take it.” Definitely not easy to put into practice but necessary. I learned much over the weekend about not only missions and missionaries but about my own attitude and my place in the grand spectrum of missions. It was so packed that I cannot squeeze it all into one post, instead I will do a few and really dig into what was spoken about.
Leading up to the conference
SBC prepped us for the conference with sermons about missions 2 or 3 weeks before we started on 30 May. Our pastor, Wayne, read out some quotes that really challenged me .
“We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.” – Oswald J. Smith
I love to think of the rapture, the second coming and spending eternity in Heaven but there are many many people that don’t have that luxury not because they have rejected Christ but because they haven’t had the gospel shared with them yet. What am I doing about that?
“What a shame that evangelism becomes an event rather than a way of life”
(unfortunately I don’t remember who wrote this)
I enjoy going on missions trips and I find myself sharing the gospel a lot at these times thus making it an event and not a way of life.
“Go, Send or Disobey” – John Piper
This meaning actually go and be a missionary; help send, this usually means financially supporting a missionary; or disobey Christ and his Great Commission
and finally my favourite
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” – Jim Elliot
This is written in the front of my bible and ties in with the verse “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19–20 (ESV)
There are many material things that I enjoy but I cannot take them with me to heaven. No iPhone, laptop or flute will be going with me, but rewards in heaven are stored up when we serve God. Often serving God means giving up the things we enjoy but the reward in heaven is far greater than it is on earth.
All of this scares me a little because I like the comforts I have and I like having control over my little life. I am learning to let go though and seeing that God can use me so much better than I can use myself. I am motivated to let him use me and my prayer is that it will last longer than 2 weeks after I have heard these challenging messages.