Everybody will agree on the fist verse of the song, “The Way of the Cross Leads home.” Nobody will argue against the proposition that we must go home by the way of the cross, for there is no other way but this. The trouble comes in the last verse:
Then I bid farewell to the way of the world,
To walk in it nevermore.
Another Far Country
Go ye into all the world.
We are not only to see the King, we must serve the King. And the far country of service is as big as the world, for the world is our parish. Your own part of the Lord’s vineyard may be across the sea or just across the street, but what you do may reach around the earth.
Every Christian is a missionary, for all the world is a mission field. Do not think of missionaries as meaning only those witnesses abroad who have returned from Africa or Asia with pictures to show to sleepy church members in an after-meeting. If you cannot cross the sea in person you can project yourself by prayer and provision. You can pray laborers into the harvest and you can provide for them while they are in the harvest. The smallest country church may have a world-wide ministry and the lowliest Christian may touch earth’s uttermost corner.
“After he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go” (Acts 16:10). The Vision, the Vista, the Venture! The “Lo” must be followed by the “Go.” Isaiah saw the King. He saw the country, “a people of unclean lips.” He heard the call, “Whom shall I send?” He answered it: “Here am I, send me.”
The Far Country of the Heavenlies has its counterpart in the Far Country of the Earthlies. The Mystery must be made known amidst the Misery!