Each year at our church we have a missions conference, encouraging and exhorting us to consider going overseas to be a missionary and to “do missions.” This weekend was no different. Some leave these weekends feeling challenged and called to make plans to do just that. Others, on the other hand, feel a conflict within, like they are being slighted as Christians if they don’t go. Some feel uncomfortable when a missionary comes to speak because they feel that they are made to feel guilty and less of a Christian than overseas missionaries are.
“Some feel uncomfortable when a missionary comes to speak because they feel that they are made to feel guilty and less of a Christian than overseas missionaries are.”
I want to remind you that it is your obedience to what you know God is asking of you that is the key to all of this. It’s not about going overseas or not. It’s about obeying Him, being who He wants you to be and doing what He wants you to do, doing it how He wants you to do it and where He wants you to do it. And that is different for each person. It’s not a matter of what geographical state you are in as much as it is a matter of what spiritual and mental state you are in – a state of wanting what you want and living for that, or a state of wanting what He wants and living for that.
“It’s not a matter of what geographical state you are in as much as it is a matter of what spiritual and mental state you are in …”
The truth is that Christ’s followers are missionaries everywhere, all the time. For those who are Christ’s, heaven is your real home, and anywhere on planet earth is a foreign place to you – whether you’re in the SGV or in China. And we need to live like that, doing missions everywhere, all the time. If you are doing that, you are a certified, bona fide missionary. It’s not the location of your body; rather, it’s the location of your heart. But that heart will be willing to stay or go wherever the Lord wants.
And that’s what our friend, Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason), in today’s video above is focused on – figuring out a way to represent the Lord well wherever you are, even if apologetics or evangelism is not your particular gifting or bent. I hope it is helpful to you.
Watch and then work with your small group leader to help you figure out how to obey the call. – Arthur