For Want of a Witness: The Importance of Missions


There’s a legend that describes the demise of England’s King Richard III, who lost his life at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Shakespeare’s line, “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” immortalized the event. In essence, it reminds us that smaller duties, left undone, can eventually lead to tragic endings. Here’s the lesson in a traditional poem.

“For Want of a Nail”
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

In like fashion, when we relegate missions to big events and trips to far off places, we neglect the day-to-day missions that we all should be engaging in–to a potentially tragic end. Too often, we think of missions work only in terms of “the end of the earth,” thereby neglecting their our Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. Instead, we should all be working to present God’s Kingdom to our communities, cultures, and cities. Here are 3 ways in which we all should be engaging in missions to accomplish that purpose.

We Can Send
Missions work is incredibly expensive work. Sending would thus include financial gifts, both one-time gifts and regular monthly gifts. It could also include supplies that help meet the needs of a certain mission or even gifts that will assist the missionaries themselves. Giving to your church or to a trusted mission organizations is a simple way to do this.

We Can Support
All missionaries testify to how difficult missions work can sometimes be. (If you’ve ever done mission work yourself, then you know!) Support is incredibly important, because it helps the missionary know that they aren’t alone and that their work is acknowledged. Support can take many forms, like prayer, cards and notes, texts, calls, and emails.

We Can Serve
As Christians, we’re never given the option to obstain from serving. Missions work is not exception. On the contrary, God wants all of His people to be on mission for Him. The only difference between a missionary who is traveling abroad and a Christian who simply lives on mission is the scope of their work–not the work itself. Remember the legend mentioned above, and the importance of small jobs done well, because great success may be the result of your small faithfulness.

When it comes to missions, we can send, support, and/or serve. There are no other options left to us.




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