In Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper, we read that missions exist because worship doesn’t. This thought sat at the front of my mind throughout my recent trip to Bangladesh, though to be honest, I read the book on the various flights en route finishing it on an 8 hour bus ride to some villages in the north of the country.
His reasoning that missions exist because worship does not is because missions is not the goal. It simply cannot be. The goal is worship. The goal is to partner with the Holy Spirit and bring all nations to worship Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
I found this book inspiring, and one I would consider a “must read” for all those who participate in missions (both home and abroad, long-term and short-term).
In John 10, Jesus says, “I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.” Let the Nations be Glad is the story of those whom God uses to bring those sheep in and lead them to listen to the voice of Christ. Few books shape your mindset and set your heart of the glory of Christ like this one.