John Stott on Missions

“If God desires every knee to bow to Jesus and every tongue
to confess him, so should we. We should be ‘jealous’ (as
Scripture sometimes puts it) for the honor of his name —
troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored,
indignant when it is blasphemed, and all the time anxious
and determined that it shall be given the honor and glory
which are due to it. The highest of all missionary motives
is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as
that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and
perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we
contemplate the wrath of God) but rather zeal — burning
and passionate zeal — for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Some evangelism, to be sure, is no better than a thinly
disguised form of imperialism, whenever our real ambition
is for the honor of our nation, church, organization, or
ourselves. Only one imperialism is Christian, however, and
that is concern for His Imperial Majesty Jesus Christ, and
for the glory of his empire or kingdom. The earliest
Christians, John tells us, went out ‘for the sake of the
Name’ (3 Jn. 7). He does not even specify to which name he
is referring. But we know. And Paul tells us. It is the
incomparable name of Jesus. Before this supreme goal of
the Christian mission, all unworthy motives wither and die.”

John Stott