Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ten Future Missionaries

I always use the word "missionary" with some feeling of reservation, since the word is a catholic term, and not a Bible term.  What we know as a "missionary", someone who goes into all the world to preach the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ is, in the Bible, called an evangelist.  And all we Christians are supposed to be evangelizing the lost.  But a man who is called an "evangelist" in our circle is a sort of traveling preacher and in many cases, a Christian entertainer. And that is not a scriptural office.  So, forgive me for splitting hairs.  Here is a cute little poem about future evangelists.




Ten Future Missionaries




Heard Godʼs call divine


One married a worldly girl


And that left only nine


 


Nine anxious missionaries


They could hardly wait


Mother thought she needed one


And that left only eight


 


Eight perspective missionaries


To point the souls to heaven


One was busy making money


And that left only seven


 


Seven devoted missionaries


Their hearts on Jesus fixed


One wanted the American dream


And that left only six


 


Six sacrificial missionaries


Ready to give their lives


One thought himself unworthy


And that left only five


 


Five prayerful missionaries


Asking God for more


One decided to stay by the stuff


And that left only four


 


Four aspiring missionaries


Waiting to cross the sea


One became a farmer


And that left only three


 


Three choice missionaries


For the great task so few


One thought he was too old


And that left only two


 


Two steadfast missionaries


Ready the race to run


One thought to wait till his children were grown


And that left only one


 


One determined missionary


Thank the Lord for him


His goals are set his purpose firm


He didnʼt let the vision dim


 


Heʼs doing his part and the Lord is well pleased


But what of the nine


Who are living in ease,


Are you one of these?

4 comments:

  1. Cute rhyme - very convicting!

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  2. Wow, that was a great post. I never really like using the term missionary either. We had a good missionary friend who didn't like that term either... he had a message that he always taught and expounded on the word MISSION as it our mission and goal to spread the word of Christ.


    I think of the same thing you do with the word evangelist. It just doesn't ring a good tune with me. It's sad what the word Church brings to my my too... we have gone so far from the true calling of Christ. Sigh


    Come quickly Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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  3. Oooooh that's good.

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  4. Things are pretty messed up aren't they. I was at Chick publishing last night and read about the catholic "Inquisitions".. talk about an eye opener, I had difficulty sleeping last night lol.


    http://www.chick.com/reading/books/153/153_06.asp

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