Hello there! Warm New Year greetings to you in the glorious name of our Lord Jesus Christ! We at FOMOS are very excited about launching this web newsletter and what a great privilege it is for me to write the first article.
I am sure all of us know certain aspects about mission—the preparation, plans, programs and the process of going whether as long-termers or as short-termers. There is always a place for everyone because every heart without Christ is a mission field but every heart with Christ is a missionary!
Just the thought of going on a trip to an unknown or less-chartered territory stirs up great anticipation and expectancy! The medical and rescue mission, the social concern mission are all well and good, but I believe the main thing about mission is to glorify God through sharing His love to the people we minister to.
Sometimes in the midst of all that we are doing whether by our words or our works in toil, sweat and blood, we might forget the main thing about mission!
Mission is more than doing good, it is about God’s glory covering the waters of the seas and the nations of the earth as we bring the good news that God’s favor is upon mankind because of Jesus Christ. No amount of good we do can and will substitute that even though the good can lead to that or open the door of opportunity for that to happen.
The mission endeavor is a little like the incarnation ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. He came that we might have Life, and Life that is both meaningful and abundant. God’s glory is found in a man/woman who is fully alive—in the image of God and having the likeness of Christ. He came not just to heal, teach and restore, He came to save sinners first and foremost!
Jesus was always busy but He was never ever in a hurry. He had time for the masses, but He also found time for a twelve year-old girl, a woman with blood problem, a rich young ruler, an out of favor tax-collector, an elder legal statesman, a loose woman as well as one caught in adultery.
In the midst of “doing His mission,” the Lord Jesus never fail to tell the good news about God’s favor on mankind. He was always consumed with the glory of God in the salvation of mankind. His manifesto is found in Luke 4:18, 19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, He sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
I am sure He wants us to be about our main business, which is: “To find a need and to meet it; To find a hurt and to heal it; And to find a lost soul and to win him/her to Christ!”
Together In God’s Mission,
Rev. Edwin Lam