God intends for the entire church to be mobilized in ministry, male and female. Nobody is to be at home watching soaps and ballgames while the world burns.
-John Piper and Wayne Grudem, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
“Mobilized” in this sense is not limited to cross cultural missions, although it might be our first thought when reading this sentence.
It simply means every regenerated man and woman is in a position to minister regardless of geographical location or job title. We are to make disciples as we go (Matthew 28:18-20), which means wherever we might be and whatever we might be doing.
If God intends for the entire church to be mobilized in ministry, are you fulfilling that intention? Are you living out Jesus’ last command on earth, to make disciples of every nation?
With half the world’s population outside the reach of indigenous evangelism; with countless other lost people in those societies that have heard the gospel; with the stresses and miseries of sickness, malnutrition, homelessness, illiteracy, ignorance, aging, addiction, crime, incarceration, neuroses, and loneliness, no man or woman who feels a passion from God to make His grace known in word and deed need ever live without a fulfilling ministry for the glory of Christ and the good of this fallen world (1 Cor 12:7-21).
-ninth affirmation of the Danvers Statement
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