As I write this, there are members of our church all over the world. We have a mission team in Virginia, there are some folks in Israel and Cam and I have arrived in Singapore. In the coming weeks, we will have people in Tennessee, Tanzania, Haiti and Guatemala.
This summer our Blount County church will have “officially” sent out over 50 people on mission trips. There is no telling how many more will be going on vacations and business trips. Our church has the opportunity to have a global impact for the gospel.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
I have always considered “missionaries” those who serve in full time service in foreign locations or around North America. After all we give to the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings every year that support these activities.
But as I have gotten older and I hope wiser, I understand that the commission Jesus gave before He ascended was for us all. Not just those called to be missionaries. But for everyone who claims to believe in Him. As a follower of Christ it doesn’t matter if we are on a vacation with the family or a business trip for work, Christ may present us an opportunity to show or express our faith.
Am I prepared for that opportunity? Are you?
We don’t have to be away from home for those opportunities to present themselves either. It could be a neighbor, the cashier at Walmart, the person pumping gas next to us or the waitress that takes our order. Maybe we need to share the gospel, pray for a need, spend a few moments listening to someone struggling or just give someone “a drink of cool water.”
In chapter 3 of Strong Men in Tough Times it says “Enthusiasm is an emotion. Optimism is an attitude. Faith is a substance.” I pray we would we be men of faith and substance, that our church would be a church of faith and substance. We can only do that by putting our faith into action. We are always followers of Christ no matter where we are, what time it is or the reason we are there.
Please pray for all who are going on these mission trips and pray for those who are going for other reasons.
May we always be running to the cross!