The Call into Missions
"And they sang a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men from every tribe and language and people and nation." (Rev. 5:9)
The Bible - God's Word - is radical about its purpose for all peoples. I do not necessarily say, "all people", I say all "peoples". More than winning masses of people, God is committed to redeeming his chosen people FROM every tribe and language and nation. (Psalm 67, Gen. 12:1-3, Matt. 24:14, 28:18-20, Isaiah 43:6-7 etc.)
How do you develop a heart for all peoples? I think you start by getting yourself close to those who already do have a heart for all peoples - God, of course, but also people like John Piper. (www.desiringgod.org) More than anyone else after Jesus, this is the man that fueled my fire to become a missionary myself.
Listen, watch or read his message here.
or listen to a wonderful biographical sketch of John Patton here.