Missions is always present in our thinking. We’ve enjoyed and profited from various readings this week, including John Stott on Romans and John Piper on God’s glory in the worship of the nations.
Stott writes, “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God), but rather zeal— burning and passionate zeal— for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
In Let the Nations Be Glad, Piper explains how God’s greatness draws us into the Great Commission:
There is something about God that is so universally praiseworthy and so profoundly beautiful and so comprehensively worthy and so deeply satisfying that God will find passionate admirers in every diverse people group in the world. . . It is our unspeakable privilege to be caught up with him in the greatest movement in history— the ingathering of the elect from every tribe and language and people and nation until the full number of the Gentiles comes in and all Israel is saved and the Son of Man descends with power and great glory as King of kings and Lord of lords and the earth is full of the knowledge of his glory as the waters cover the sea forever and ever. Then the supremacy of Christ will be manifest to all, and he will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, and God will be all in all.