It’s been said that missions exists because worship doesn’t.
That is to say, because so many people don’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, out of which praise and worship naturally flow, we keep going with the good news to as many people as possible.
We keep going because we want everyone to be saved, yes, but even more that this, we keep going because we know the absolute joy that so many people lack, both now and for eternity, if they don’t hear about him.
Jesus once said,
Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14 MSG
When people see in you the qualities and marks of a follower of Jesus – joy, love, hope, and generosity – they’ll offer thanks and praise to God as a result.When people see in you the qualities and marks of a follower of Jesus - joy, love, hope, and generosity - they'll offer thanks and praise to God as a result. Click To Tweet
Paul echoed Jesus’ sentiment in this way,
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
– 2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV
This is a great day, not only to give thanks to God for everything, but also to inspire others to offer him thanks as well. And perhaps, even someone who doesn’t yet know him will come into a relationship with him today because of your life, your generosity, your kindness.
To whom can you show kindness today?