Our church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian, hosted its annual Missions Conference at the end of February. On the calendar, the conference was simply a weekend event, and in person, it would have been easy to put the missionaries in the spotlight. However, as our pastor, Andy Lewis, and Dr. Richard Pratt reminded us, the primary purpose of this conference was not to elevate the work of missionaries in foreign lands; instead, the purpose was to encourage and charge the hundreds of church members here to be missionaries in the places God has placed them. Dr. Pratt showed us that God makes his purpose and mission for mankind known beginning in the first verses of Genesis. We are each charged to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it,” to be a blessing to all the earth because God has blessed us, and to seek God’s “kingdom come, [his] will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Gen 1:28, 12:1-3, Matt 6-9-10).
When we realize that God has a specific purpose for each of us, it has huge implications for our lives: how we spend our free time and money, how we work, how we raise our families. It also frees us to use our blessings of personality, spiritual gifts, money, time, and talents not to make much of ourselves but to bless others. And the greatest blessing we can give others--our friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, teammates, and people in foreign lands--is a relationship with the one true God that loves them and gives them a purpose in life.
Listen to all three of Dr. Pratt’s talks here.
- Drew Bryan