“The reason some folks don’t believe in missions is because the brand of faith they own isn’t worth propagating.” I don’t know who said this, but it’s true. Missions is about being so on fire for the Lord that you want to spread the flames! There are many in the church who just aren’t that excited. They have faith, but they don’t own it. They don’t own a faith that finds rest in the Father’s love. They don’t own a faith that puts them above their circumstances and difficulties. While they confess that God is good, they don’t experience His goodness. Otherwise, they would want to share it with the world.
I’m not saying that such folks aren’t saved. I’m not saying that they are bad Christians. But many lack vision for what they’ve got in Christ. They lack vision for who they are in Christ. And they lack KINGDOM vision. Paul prayed for the Ephesian church, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (Eph.1:17-19). Think about it! It’s possible to have hope, riches of glory, and great power, AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT. It requires vision, which is why Paul prayed for the spirit of wisdom and revelation.
Some preachers can motivate you to missions by making you feel guilty. “It’s all up to you! They will all perish without you!” That may move you for a season, but it doesn’t impart vision. Missions isn’t just about saving souls. It’s ultimately about extending God’s Kingdom. Get a vision for the kingdom of God, and a vision for missions will flow naturally from there.