The chapter on Missions also struck me because I seem to have always been drawn to missions, but I've never quite known why. Or perhaps never quite wanted to admit that one of the reasons is simply that I love to travel and to do missions requires travel. While studying abroad at Saints Bible Institute I distinctly remember Sam Spatola telling us that if God wasn't calling us to go somewhere as missionaries, then we should go home, make lots of money, and give it to missions. I'm not certain that I've done so well at making lots of money, but I've certainly tried my best to always give to missions. Oh and by the way, John Piper totally agrees with Sam :) John Piper quotes J. Campbell White about missions (it has really stuck with me):
The evangelization of the world is the only enterprise large enough and important enough to provide an adequate outlet for the Church's wealth (p 171).Piper then goes on to say,
"We will perish with our wealth if we do not pour ourselves out in ministries of mercy at home and missions among the unreached peoples. We are very wealthy in America. All the money needed to send and support an army of self-sacrificing, joy-spreading ambassadors is already in the church. But we are not giving it." (p 172)Several of the missionaries our church supports, and many more I know personally, are under supported. I even know a couple who had to come back to the States because they didn't have the funds to stay. Shouldn't that break our hearts a little? I realize that might all be part of God's plan for their lives, but it seems like a shame when the American church is more than capable of supporting them financially.
I can definitely recommend this book, it's full of truth and has some great "lessons" that I think we could all learn.
1. to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander: to waste money; to waste words.
2. to fail or neglect to use: to waste an opportunity.
3. to destroy or consume gradually; wear away: The waves waste the rock of the shore.
4. to wear down or reduce in bodily substance, health, or strength; emaciate; enfeeble: to be wasted by disease or hunger.
5. to destroy, devastate, or ruin: a country wasted by a long and futile war.