“If ten men are carrying a log — nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end — and you want to help, which end will you lift on?”
William Borden – Missionary to Egypt
How many churches are in your city?
How many ministers work in these churches?
If your city is like mine, there are churches on almost every corner, and most of them have multiple pastors. I don’t believe this is necessarily wrong. The people in our cities and towns need to know Jesus. However, when was the last time we encouraged some of our ministers, or the young people in our churches, to consider leaving American and serving on the mission field.
I know it is intimidating, I also know that many of us want to keep our kids (and our grandkids) close to home. However, I think we need to ponder the question asked by William Borden.
The Great Commission commands us to make disciples of all the nations. This command is the heavy log Borden intends. In our country, and in our neighborhoods, we have so many helping with this task while so few are working in other countries.
Don’t you think it is time for some of us to consider helping elsewhere?
Lord Jesus, when I see the bountiful blessings around me, I am thankful. I am also tempted to rest in the ease of the Christian life here. Please remind me of the needs around the world and lead me to help lift the heavy part of the log with others . . .
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