I am currently in a missions/global studies class and in our textbook we have several articles from Dr. John Piper. This article, Let the Nations Be Glad!, is a great read. It is challenging to my character and strengthens prior convictions for the biblical mandate of missions, particularly missions to all the nations. While I cannot share the article in its entirety, I do want to share a few excerpts.
“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.” P. 64.
“Worship is therefore the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God’s glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.” P. 64.
“Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak. Churches that are not centered on the exaltation of the majesty and beauty of God will scarcely kindle a fervent desire to ‘declare his glory among the nations’ (Ps. 96:3).”
“All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means.”
“God is committed to the holy joy of the redeemed, gathered from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, with the same zeal that moves him to seek his own glory in all that he does. The supremacy of God in the heart of God is the driving force of his mercy and the missionary movement of his Church.”