I have shared a bit of this quote before in another article on worship. But I thought I would post the fuller quote here.
Interestingly enough, these words are the first words of John Piper’s book on mission, Let the Nations Be Glad. A whole book about mission (though he goes into some deep theological questions as well) and he starts off with these pointed words:
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
For many, it’s all about missions. And, for such a passion, I am thankful. We need to touch the lives of people we are in relationship with. We need to see the gospel of the kingdom taken to all nations.
But we participate in missions because we are ultimately looking to see human beings drawn into the worship-relationship that we have with our Father. We have tasted something good and we are stirred to see others drawn in to such.
Let’s draw people in to the Father.