When the subject of “doing missions” comes up, Christians inevitably think of Jesus’s words in Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” But, as David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, explains, the call to missions began much before Matthew’s Gospel.
In the following video Platt shares that we have been made in the image of God and the ultimate purpose for our lives is to enjoy our God and spread the fame of His Name throughout the nations. We can see this all the way back in the book of Genesis when God gave Adam and Eve the mandate to subdue the earth and to be fruitful and multiply. From this beginning, we can see a trajectory of God using missions as a part of the overarching message of Scripture.