By Jon Hansen, District Representative, Mountain Central
An Effective Representation of Christ
Last week, in A Heavenly Calling to Ministry Jon Hansen shared his reaction when asked why he does what he does as a District Representative. He described the heavenly position we have received and challenged us to meet that heavenly calling. Now, we continue with Jon’s final thoughts on being an effective representation of Christ.
Hell is terrible
Hebrews 10:26-31 says,
For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. Anyone who disregarded the law of Moses died without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, who has regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the one who has said, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge his people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Secondly, we should do what we do because there are people in our lives who are headed to an eternity separated from God. We carry the responsibility to share the gospel with them. We do this by establishing relationships and getting to know who they really are. W@hen the opportunity emerges, we will be able to share who we really are as believers and who our hope is.
The Church Stands Between Heaven and Hell
The following Scripture passages illustrate this:
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus — he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh )— and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to taunts and afflictions, and at other times you were companions of those who were treated that way. For you sympathized with the prisoners and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions, because you know that you yourselves have a better and enduring possession. So, don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and are saved.
Christ Left the Church As An Effective Representation
Thirdly, we should do what we do because Christ left the church to be the representative of Him to those who are heading to hell.
This shows why I do what I do. The missionaries I serve and the rural churches they serve will be a vital local church. This church is made up of those who have confidence because they have fellowship with Christ and one another on earth as we have in heaven.
A vital church will serve as an effective representative of Christ to those heading to a Christ-less eternity.\
When the church is unhealthy it will stand as a distraction to those heading to hell.
Our Village Missions purpose statement states that Village Missions exists to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by developing spiritually vital churches in rural North America. We strive to be an effective representation of Christ.
How do we do that?
By placing Village Missionaries in these churches. We send those missionaries to rural and remote places and they need our support. That is why it is so important for our District Representatives to visit twice a year and provide additional support to these couples. In addition, we connect through phone calls, conferences, fellowships, etc. Without support they stand in danger of fulfilling one of the statistics that say 50% of pastors won’t last 5 years. Village Missions stands with our missionaries, and the local church, representing Christ between heaven and hell in rural North America.
This brings us to the WHY factor for us as believers. We do what we do so the church can do what Christ wants them to do. We offer an effective representation of Christ so that those heading for a terrible hell will change direction and experience a wonderful heaven.