Worship and Your Witness
In the early chapters of John, Jesus is still in the beginning of his public ministry. His followers are growing; his fame is building. His ministry will eventually spread though beyond his death and explode around the world to include people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
And we as Christians are entrusted with continuing the message of this ministry and charged to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Elsewhere, Christians are called “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). God has not only given us his message and charged us to take it to the world, but he has also given us the authority to speak on his behalf!
This is for the stay-at-home mom, the banker, the entrepreneur, the childcare worker, or the police officer. We should all be living on mission to take this message to wherever we are.
But what do we see in the New Testament as the fuel for this mission: to take the gospel to the ends of the earth?
We ask ourselves these questions: Why did Andrew bring Peter to Jesus in John 1:42? Why did Philip tell Nathanael to “Come and see” this Jesus, this Christ in John 1:46?
It was because both Andrew and Philip had an encounter with Jesus that they couldn’t shake. And they not only couldn’t shake it, but they wanted others to experience it. So they went and got their brothers and their friends to come and experience the same thing that they did with Jesus. There was something different about this Man, and they experienced something with Him that they had never experienced with anything else in their lives: life.
Finally, they found something that wouldn’t let them down. They found Someone who was worthy of their worship. It was their worship producing joy that drove them to go and find others. Charles Spurgeon said, “As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others.”1 What drives us to go and bring others to Christ is not just rote obedience, but it is instead a passion for others to experience what we have. Our worship actually drives us to and fuels us for missions.
But worship is not only our fuel for missions; it is also our goal for missions. John Piper began his book on missions with these statements:
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”2
We do missions for the purpose of creating more true worshipers. And this isn’t something meant only for global missionaries (although it is certainly not less than that).
This is also meant for the stay at home mom, the banker, the entrepreneur, the childcare worker, or the police officer. We should all be living on mission to take this message to wherever we are.
For some of you, that means taking this message to your toddler. For some of you, that means taking this message to your workplace. And for some of you, that means taking this message across the world. But wherever you go, our goal is the same: to shift people’s worship from things in this world to the One Who created this world.
In John 4, Jesus tells the woman at the well the same thing. He tells her who God is seeking in this world, what His mission is: “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23).
So the mission of God the Father, and thus the mission of His people, is to go, find, and create “true worshipers” in this world.
1Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and Evening. Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Pub., 2016.
2Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.
This story, written by Pastor Caleb Brasher of Grace Clermont, originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Grace Magazine. Download the issue here.