These are the simple terms that the apostles used to describe what today we call “missions.” They were witnesses of Christ, messengers of Christ, servants and ambassadors of Christ. They were minister’s of God’s reconciliation in Christ.
The work, the salvation, and the church is his. He won’t give his glory to another.
The work of Christ: it’s a precious spiritual commodity that he gives out to us. We can’t package it, methodize it, or pay people to do it. We can’t reproduce it with human strength, resources, or ingenuity.
We can only get it from him, and we can only do it with him.
He is the vision, he is the fuel, and his glory is the result.
It’s simply, “the work of Christ.”
The challenge in this thing we call missions, is to remember that.
“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28)