Are You Part of God's Mission?
As I write this, I am getting ready to go on a mission trip to Mexico. In fact, when this post is published, I will have already been there several days preaching, teaching, and encouraging the brethren there. I would appreciate your prayers, that I may be a tool in God's hand, and that His word may touch many souls through me.
One thing that I always experience before going on a trip like this is an outpouring of love and support from my local church family. Whether it be helping to pay for expenses, giving me a ride to the airport, or praying for safety, I am very encouraged by the love shown by my brothers and sisters in Christ. Another thing I hear from time to time goes something like this: "I'm so glad you can go do mission work, because that's definitely not something I could do."
This is partially true. Not everyone can speak a foreign language, and not everyone has the time or money to travel abroad. But all Christians need to understand that they can do mission work, wherever they may find themselves.
I once spoke with a brother in Peru who expressed his interest in doing foreign mission work. He didn't have the means, but it was a desire of his. The only thing was, he was a part of a congregation that was struggling, and needed all the help it could get. I kindly explained to him that God needed him right where he was!
You see, God has a mission for all His children, and that mission is to shine His light to our fellow human beings. Consider what the apostle Paul had to say to the Christians in Corinth:
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. Seeing it is God, that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
We have something truly powerful and amazing: the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. For some it will be veiled, because they refuse to accept it. But that light is something that all people in every country need. People living in the remote mountains of Mexico need this light. Your next-door neighbors need this light. Your coworkers need this light.
God has given us the mission, now we must accept it. If you are a Christian, you are as much a missionary as someone who travels to the other side of the world to teach the gospel.
Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Let us all take up God's mission and get to work spreading that light of the knowledge of Christ!