God’s View of Mission
[We ought to realize…that missionary commitment is not some kind of optional extra for the extra-enthusiastic. Nor was it just a new idea invented by Jesus to give his disciples something to do with the rest of their lives. Still less was it a merely modern movement of the church that coincided with colonial expansionism. Mission lies at the very heart of all God’s historical action in the Bible. Mission to his fallen, suffering, sinful human creation and indeed ultimately to his whole creation as well. That is why he called Abraham, send Jesus, and commissioned his apostles. For there is one servant people, one Servant King, one servant mission.
– Christopher J. H. Wright, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament