“Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love”
— Roland Allen
“For God so loved the world that he gave…” (John 3:16)
“But God demonstrated his own love for us …” (Romans 5:8)
“We love because he first loved us…” (1 John 4:19)
We know that statistics.
◦ More than 2 billion people have inadequate access to the gospel, and because of this, they have no hope of salvation.
◦ More than 6,000 people groups are unreached with the gospel
◦ In the United States, we have cities that are less evangelized than some of the most unreached countries in the world.
We know our Bibles too. We know the eternal destiny of those who don’t believe. We experience the hope and joy that comes from belief.
Roland Allen reminds us that none of this motivates us to share Christ or spend our lives on the mission field. Love for God and Love for others compels us to share.
The good news is that this love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. If we are walking with him our love can grow.
Holy Spirit, I don’t love as I should. I am ashamed to admit that. Grow your fruit of love so abundantly in me that I am compelled to share Christ with others and spend my life in the task of missions …
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com