We read today in Matthew 24:
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. —Matthew 24:14 ESV
God’s purpose to be known and praised and enjoyed among all the nations cannot fail. It is an absolutely certain promise. It is going to happen.
Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” The ground of this certainty is the sovereignty of Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). Nothing can stop him: “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
From this discovery we saw that if we as a church are disobedient, it is not ultimately the cause of God and the cause of world missions that will lose – we will lose. God’s counsel will stand and he will accomplish all his purpose (Isaiah 46:10). His triumph is never in question, only our participation in it or our incalculable loss. We can be drunk with private concerns and indifferent to the great enterprise of world evangelization, but God will simply pass over us and do his great work while we shrivel up in our little land of comfort.