Sometimes the vocabulary that we use like “Missionary to Muslims” or “Missionary to Buddhists” or “Missionary to Hindus” can often draw us away from the truth about missions.
Muslims – just like Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, etc. – are simply non-believers. There are only two types of people in this world:
> Non-believers and Believers
> Enemies of God and Children of God
> Dead and Alive
I was reminded just recently that we must not forget that Muslims are just non-believers.
It would be good for us as missionaries to get out of our vocabulary that we minister to Muslims. We minister the Gospel to the lost and then we minister to believers who have been found. There is no “Muslim Background” Believer. He is not special or different. He was a lost person who has been found.
That is the healthiest way to think because it is going to make him healthy while you are discipling him. He is not special from other believers. He was lost and now has been found. If you are a “Missionary to Muslims” then your focus is off. You are a minister of the Gospel of God concerning His Son. You are sent by Christ. You are his ambassador to all of the world and he has placed you where you are.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Yes, we minister to Muslims – but wherever you are in the world, may the Lord encourage you as you proclaim the gospel and minister to everyone that you meet!