Wow, a word like “Philosophy” can bring mixed emotions. Some people get bored just thinking about the word philosophy, some people find it too deep to even ponder, while others might not even know what the word truly means. The dictionary defines it as: the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group. It also gives an alternate definition: the pursuit of wisdom. For this articles purposes, I want to connect the two, since I believe that as a Christian, our “most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes” should be based on Wisdom. Yes that is a capital “W” in Wisdom, as I am referring to the Wisdom that can only come from God.
May Ec 7:25 be true of my life, “I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness”
I feel that if I am going to be an effective missionary, I MUST have a Wise philosophy of missions. Too many churches and missionaries (in my opinion) have very limited and sometimes foolish missions philosophies. It is so vital for us as Christians to know that missions is the very heartbeat of Jesus Christ. Why else would He have given us the great commission 5 times in Scripture? It is the only directive that is repeated in all four gospels and then again in the book of Acts.
One might think, “I am not a missionary, pastor, or even on the missions committee, why do I need to have a missions philosophy?” Well, this was my view for a long time, but since I have been studying missions, I feel like that is a lie of the Devil to keep the average Christian from getting involved in missions. The great commission is not just for the missionaries, pastors, and missions committee members, it is for ALL Christians! We must refocus our attention on the heartbeat of Jesus Christ, we must develop a philosophy of missions so that we can “by all means save some” (I Cor. 9:22)
Paul’s missions philosophy can be found in that chapter, I Cor. 9. He, in essence, tells us that we must be versatile when reaching others; not everyone will be reached the same way. Also, he tells us that there is no way that we can personally reach everyone, but we can each reach some.
Let me challenge you to develop a missions philosophy for yourself. You may go to a church with a clear missions philosophy, or you may go to a church that has no clear direction in its missions department. Whatever the case, you must decide to become part of the solution, not part of the problem. What is your personal plan for reaching your Jerusalem, (your city) your Judea, (your surrounding area) your Samaria, (your extended area) and the uttermost part of the world? May I challenge you to develop a personal, missions philosophy? . . . Get a plan! . . . Get a vision! . . . Get Wisdom!!