JANUARY 28
  
Today's Bible Readings
     Genesis 29
     Esther 5
     Matthew 28
     Acts 28
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ''All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore  and make  disciples  of all the  nations, baptizing  them  in  the name  of the Father  and of the  Son and  of the Holy  Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the ages." (Matthew 28: 18-20)
 
THE GREAT COMMISSION
            The great motivation of the missionary's methods and message is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. Sometimes we look on our Lord as the one who assists us in our endeavors for God; yet, He is the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples.  He sends us out not motivated by human need but by His own authority and   sovereignty.
            When Jesus said to go He was actually saying, “As you go make disciples.” This special assignment set forth in the great commission is to be lived out on a moment-by-moment basis. Jesus gives further and deeper understanding of this truth in Acts 1:8 “As you go, you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.” So the command is to be a witness as we go and to keep on going.
            A true missionary is someone who is bound by marriage to the stated mission and purpose of his Lord and Master.   He is not set forth to proclaim his own point of view but to proclaim “the Lamb of God.” We witness as we go and we keep   on going because we have the only message that will make a difference in this lost world.
            A missionary is someone who is sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God.  Again the great controlling factor is not the needs of people but the command of Jesus.
            So Jesus said to them again, ''Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21. Jesus did not say ''go and save souls'' (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God),  but He said, ''Go ...make disciples of all the nations . . .''  Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself.
So here is the bottom line. Because of His power and authority, we can make disciples as we go and we must keep on going until Jesus comes.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
To many observers, the ''h'' in ''Hmong'' might signify hopeless. The Hmong tribe was pursued in eighty military campaigns by Chinese emperors between 1369 and 1644. In 1800, one-half million Hmong were slaughtered. Later, the remaining ten percent fled to the mountains of southern China, Laos, Burma and Vietnam. In the next century, many were gassed to death by Communists dropping red and yellow powder on their villages. The Hmong are despised by the Vietnamese government. The North Vietnamese newspaper Nan Dhan ridicules the Hmong with illustrations and insults about their God, ''Vang Chu."
Today, the Hmong number more than 13 million. The Communist governments where they live forbid them to read anything in their own language. They are turning to Christ by the tens of thousands from listening to Christian radio broadcasts and are receiving Bible portions in their own language. In 2000, the first complete Hmong Bible was possible. This 1,482-page study Bible is the greatest compilation of the Hmong language ever printed. Hmong no longer are hopeless. Throughout Southeast Asia, the Hmong are becoming a beacon of hope-ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
On a tablet in a large church seating 1,000 people, this inscription was placed in memory of John Geddie: ''When he landed in 1848, there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872, there were no heathen."
Memorial to John Geddie, the ''Father'' of Presbyterian Missions in the South Seas