I appreciate Chuck Lawless of Southeastern Seminary for offering ten resolutions for Missions for the new year—resolutions intended to challenge us to think more externally and globally this year.
“The new year is not only an opportunity for a new start. It’s another opportunity of grace to be part of reaching the nations.” (Chuck Lawless)
I have taken liberty to slightly reconfigure these and express them as tangible goals to reach this year. Here are my adapted ten mission goals for 2019:
1. In my Scripture reading & meditation, I will look/listen for evidence of God’s heart for the nations.
2. I will pray for missionaries by name at least one day per week.
3. I will pray weekly for a specific unreached people group.
4. I will watch for and seize every opportunity to share the Gospel.
5. I will intentionally get to know my sphere of influence and prayerfully seek to represent Christ to each individual within that circle.
6. I will personally engage in a mission effort this year.
7. I will listen to and read the news through a Great Commission lens.
8. I will visit ethnic restaurants in my area to get to know internationals.
9. I will regularly pray that my influence will lead my friends and family to have a greater passion for the Great Commission.
10. I will sincerely pray, “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
As Lawless suggests, don’t fret over attempting to reach all of these goals, but begin somewhere. Attempting to maintain one mission goal is important, especially if you have never done so in the past. You will find as you do, the Lord of the nations will lay them on your own heart. Quite suddenly you will find yourself moved by the same concerns that move the heart of God. Petition the Lord for what Bob Pierce prayed many years ago: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”