In this simple post, I want to encourage you to be confident in your ability to hear God’s voice and respond to His call to be a missionary. Before you stop reading because you could never be a missionary, let me remind you of Jesus words that still ring true for us today.
Matt 28 18-20
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In the simplest sense, anyone intentionally sharing the gospel in any context is a missionary. A call to missions is simply the expectation from the father to be about the business of bringing the good news of God to the world. If we consider the goal of missions like the game of football, eternity with Christ is the end zone and God’s word forms the sidelines of this life. As Christians, we have committed to the team, to run down the field in pursuit of the prize of the upward call of Christ. The missionary call is precisely a call to evangelism and discipleship. God invites all of his followers to the field. As you consider how you will participate, consider the pace you run down the field, the people you will encounter along the way, and the team-mates around you. As you reach places where you must decide to go right or left; whether to run or pass, do so with confidence.
God’s call is to advance down the field. He has set the side-lines and His leadership is consistent play calling for the people of the church. Trust Psalm 37:4 in that God gives the desires of the heart. In a very real sense, God both places within us the desires of the heart and then gives opportunity in life to experience them. In all, there is only one crucial question. How do we insure that God has access to our heart and respond when he provides an opportunity? John 15:5-8 is the key t0 both efforts.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Jesus warns that disconnection from the source will lead to a lack of progress and a withering of purpose. Simultaneously He says to stay connected to the source of all things life and Jesus himself will fill life to make you fruitful. We sense the leadership of God through connection to the vine; the reading of God’s word and meditating upon its meaning as well as prayer. We are only as available to God for short and long term missions as we are connected and obedient to Him on a daily basis. So, say yes you will go when God calls, and ready yourself with confidence by your connection to Jesus himself. “And behold, [He is] with you always, to the end of he age.”
#BeAbringer – bring Jesus to people.