“We cannot all go to the foreign field. We must express our interest in those who have not had our opportunities by our gifts… the fact still remains that there is nothing that will take the place of our hand-to-hand dealing with those who need us. We cannot perform all our charities by proxy. We must come in personal contact with those whom we would help.” – Clovis G. Chappell.
Years ago, the television show Mission Impossible always began with a scene in which the team leader, Mr. Phelps, would receive a tape describing his next mission. The tape invariably began, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” In other words, the Mission Impossible team chose whether they wanted to take on the job. For centuries, the military has asked its soldiers to volunteer to take unusual risks. This wasn’t an accident. People are more committed when they take on a job they have chosen rather than one assigned to them. Being on mission with God is no different.
I don’t know what comes to your mind when you hear the word missions, but we tend to think missions are confined to “missions” people. You know, the rare and very religious people who choose to move to third-world countries or who run mission teams at church. But the fact is that it is God who is on a mission and anyone who chooses to be a “follower of Jesus” is signing up to be a missionary with Him. Your mission field can be right down the street.
You can start by getting to know your neighbors and then serving them. Being served feels good. Jesus himself modeled the perfect servant. In fact, in Mark 10:45 Jesus tells us that He came to serve. Think of what it could be like if you took on this attitude toward your neighbors and began serving them. Serve them by inviting them over for coffee or a meal. You could also serve a neighbor by cutting his or her lawn.
Being on mission means praying for others including your neighbors. If you were to pick one step to build a relationship with your neighbors, pick prayer. Prayer helps to move us away from self-dependence to God-dependence. Prayer helps us remember that while God desires to use us, it’s ultimately God who works in our neighbors’ lives. Ephesians 6:14-16 tells us, “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.”
We are all called to share in this mission. You are a witness to what Jesus has done in your life. You and I are to be witnesses of the truth of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will empower you as you step out in faith and share your testimony and faith in Christ with others. It is not your mission to convince, convict or put a guilt trip on someone. It is solely to share the Gospel message and allow God by his Holy Spirit to do the work of salvation.
- What does it mean to be on mission for God?
- We, like Jesus, need to be intentional about trying to connect with those who likely won’t set foot in our churches. Agree or disagree and why?
- What can we do this week to be more intentional?