Oswald Smith used to ask, "What would you do if you saw ten men lifting a log; and if nine were on one end and one on the other?" His point was the vast majority of Christian workers are in areas that are considered evangelized even though there are approximately 6,000 un-evangelized people groups across the world. Year in and year out, we send men and women to the wrong end of the log. The simple fact is that the deployment of Christian troops in the world is proof that the church in the west does not yet have a wartime mentality. It is as though during World War Two we conscripted one million men and then sent just 600 to go and fight Hitler and kept 999,400 at home. What we are doing just doesn't make sense. In every wartime scenario there are two main lines of offense. The front lines and the supply lines. Both are crucial. The Mission Field has often been called the frontiers or front lines––the place where the battle is usually the fiercest. Many faithful believers throughout the centuries have recognized the wartime parallel of the Great Commission.
Paul the missionary was one of them which is why he instructs us to:
- Fight the good fight of the faith
- Endure hardship like a good soldier of Christ Jesus
- Put on the full armor of God
- Please our commanding officer
- Not wage war as the world does
- Demolish strongholds
There are many mission fields in the world. Like our schools, workplaces or hometowns. Globally, there are also areas where Christ has not been named and the Church has not yet been planted, these are called frontiers. Paul was a frontier missionary said his ambition was to preach Christ in these places (Rom 15:20). He constantly pioneered towards the places where there was no church. Whichever part of the battle you are called to serve in, remember that you ARE called!
Prayer is key to completion of the Great Commission but prayer should never be a substitute for obedience. The last command of Christ was to 'go make disciples of all nations' There's a rule in the armed forces: Always obey the last order you got, until you get new orders from command headquarters. The last order we got in the Bible was 'Go'!