Five simple, biblical reasons for a young person to consider making a commitment to give a portion or the entirety of their life to making Jesus known among the unreached and unengaged in the hardest and darkest parts of the earth:
The Preeminence of Jesus
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18
The supremacy of Jesus is the point of everything - His glorification is the mission and passion of God. Do something with your life that furthers the preeminence of Jesus or your life will be wasted. Frontier missions is not the only way to live for the supremacy of Jesus, of course, but to adore Him and proclaim Him where He is not known is definitely taking some big strides toward the fire that burns at the center of all reality.
Hell is Real
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
The Bible is shockingly forthright and clear about the horrible consequences for those who have not been born again through faith in the person and work of Jesus. There is no other name by which men must be saved. General revelation is clear and convincing enough to render all men guilty, but not enough for conversion (Romans 1:18). There must be an actual presentation of gospel for the miracle of regeneration to happen. There are billions - billions - who have never heard a meaningful, accurate presentation of the gospel and most of them have never even heard the precious name of Jesus a single time. For the body of Christ to ignore this emergency is an almost criminal negligence in light of the eternal consequences so graphically clarified in the New Testament. What are you going to do about it?
“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 age. Amen.” Matthew 28:18–20
Jesus said to “Go!” Even with the marvelous advances of technology, it will never be sufficient to broadcast gospel messages. God has ordained that part of the message would be communicated through the very act of going. The messenger is part of the message (Colossians 1:24). The only way unreached people groups will become reached is if real people obey Jesus by making disciples among the nations where there is not a witness of the truth. Scripture is very clear that that this mission was to continue until the end of the age, and the words of Jesus are still irrevocably binding upon the church.
Life is a Vapor
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” James 4:13–15
You’re going to die. Soon. Soon might be five or six decades from now, or it might be a couple of years from now. Either way, all flesh is like the flowers of the field and though right now you feel like your life is in bloom, soon the sovereign decree to return to the dust will overtake you and you will wither away (Isaiah 40:6-8). If there is a seed of desire to go to the nations, act on it now. You don’t know what the next five or ten years will hold, and there will never be an easier time in your life than right now to make radical decisions for the glory of Jesus. Time will pass and the cares of life and the desire for other things will choke out the word in your soul (Matthew 13:22, Mark 4:19).
A Chance to Die
“Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:25–27
Amy Carmichael was a young Irish woman in the late 1800’s who was filled with godly courage. She set sail for distant shores and spent her life serving as a missionary in India for 55 years without ever taking a furlough. Amy famously said, “Missionary life is simply a chance to die.” At ACTS we like to rephrase this and say that missionary life is simply a chance to be a Christian. The call to take up our cross is inherent in and requisite to normal discipleship. To be an authentic follower of Jesus you must die to yourself. By no means is this impossible in America, but being surrounded by the familiarity of friends and family, enjoying the affluent standard of living, and weathering the barrage of the countless distractions of modern technology make it so tremendously difficult. One big decision to move to the frontier settles a thousand other little decisions. Sell everything and buy the field.