What is keeping you and I from being more engaged with the mission to reach peoples who have no access to the Gospel? Why so little involvement in prayer, in giving, and in going? Conrad takes us to Philippians 2 and shows us it is prideful self-centeredness which places us at the center of the universe. This pride is killing missions in us, our families, and our churches.
This is why the foundation for missions is for us to be killing our own pride and selfishness. We must cease to see ourselves at the center of the universe and, instead, embrace the mind of Christ. Though Christ really is the center of the universe, He emptied Himself of His rights and came to lay down His life for us. There is no greater descent than what the eternal Son of God experienced for us.
Let the Gospel poison your pride and slaughter your selfishness. Choices concerning time, money, and career plans are sure to come which will be between our comfort and carrying the Gospel to unreached peoples. When these choices are laid before you remember the only One who deserves to be at the center of the universe laid those rights down to redeem not only you, but also those peoples you are tempted to pass by.
This kind of Gospel massacre on our self-centeredness leaves in its wake a surprisingly peaceful and joyful ambition to participate in the work of getting the Gospel to the nations. However, if we let self-centeredness live, it will begin to not only choke out our efforts in missions but will choke out our joy as well. Jesus said in Matthew 6 that anxiety is the result of seeking our needs rather than the kingdom of God. So, let’s leave arrogant anxiety and join Jesus both in His humility and His joy. Be killing pride or pride will be killing missions (and you).
What thoughts did this talk stir up in you? What ways do you put missions-killing pride to death?
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11