Are you perfectly content where you are right now? Or are you the individual that is unsure what they should do with their life? No matter which one you are, or if you are a mixture of both… You should consider being a missionary. It may not be the path you thought you would take, and honestly, it’s not what a lot of people see themselves doing. You probably have a set picture in your mind of what you want your life to look like. Maybe getting married, kids on the way, the white picket fence, and a puppy running around? Or maybe there is another picture in place, either way, the truth is though… being a missionary is more than just giving your life to God in order to see Him do amazing things. It’s a decision that every Christian should at least consider.
God’s Heart Lies Amongst the RuinsHave you ever prayed this prayer: “God break my heart for what breaks yours”? Well, let me tell you something, God’s heart breaks for those who are lost and hurting. His heart hurts for the ones that don’t know Him, and have no one to tell them the glorious truth. Jesus once said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) The “least of these” are those who are alone; the ones that no one wants to be around. The ones that are still out there waiting for you to come and be their friend. Have you ever heard that song, “Do Something” by Matthew West? (I really encourage you to listen to it.) The song starts off with the things that are wrong with this world; it talks about the hurt, the pain, the disgusting attributes that give you a sick feeling in your stomach. Then a question is asked, probably one that we have all asked at one point in our lives: “God why don’t you do something?” The response? “I did… I created YOU.” There is a lot of hurt in this world, and we can’t go on believing that someone else will fix it; especially when God created you to be able to do amazing things. Being a missionary allows you to serve God while serving others. It’s an act of laying down our lives so that the Lord can work in us and through us.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. — John 15:13
Your Calling AwaitsAccording to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), if you are a follower of Christ, you are called to go. How would life look if all Christians went like God commands us to? How amazing would it be to have Christians step out in faith and say, “God, I’m going to go unless you stop me”? So many people claim that God couldn’t want them to go because He blessed them right where they are, but that’s not always the case. Loren Cunningham once said, “You’re either a missionary or a mission field.” Although it seems like such a simple statement, there is so much weight in it. If you are a Christian, you’re called to being a missionary. If you are not, then you are the mission field that the missionaries should be pursuing.
There’s Still a Need For More MissionariesTraveling Team has this to say about the statistics of missionaries,“If everyone is obeying God’s ‘calling’ to being a missionary wherever they are then God is calling 99.9995% of people to work among the 44.3% of the world population that already has the gospel, and calling virtually no one (.0005%) to relocate among the other 53.7% of the world population that are not Christian. You have a better chance of being in a plane crash than being one of the few missionaries to the unreached out of the total 2 billion Christians in the world.” Did you catch that? You are more likely to be in a plane crash than be a missionary to those who don’t know Christ! God isn’t simply calling those who are on the field, now, but countless others that allow other things to get in the way of this call. Maybe it’s their job, or their family, or making money. There are so many people who allow the short time on earth to consume their eternity. Being a missionary is all about humbling yourself before God, offering Him your all, and surrendering your life to Him. Yes, it is a large sacrifice. Of course, it’s hard to do; but, think of all the things that God did for you. He made you. Loved you. Held you when you rejected Him. Died for you. Cared about you. God changed your life, isn’t the least you could do is allow Him to work through you to do that for others?
“Any church not involved in the Great Commission has forfeited its Biblical right to exist.” — Oswald J. Smith
It’s NOT About YouThis life isn’t about you; you are simply the one who is living it. IMax Lucado says it best when He says, “God does not exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of Him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about Him.” So many people seem to believe that this life is a possession that belongs to them, but that’s not the truth. Your life belongs to God. He has a set path for you to follow, but a multitude of things have gotten in the way of this idea. You are a single life amongst the billions that have set foot on this earth. Think about that. Let it set in. God has seen every life from the beginning to man to the baby is being born as you read this article. His plan spans over all those lives, so He just decided to use you in this magnificent plan. Your life is not your own. It’s an instrument that God blessed you with.
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” — C.T. StuddEvery aspect of your life points back to God—or at least it should. We live in a world that is doing a better job of loving people than the church is, and it’s up to you to change that. The best way to do that? Keep in mind that your life isn’t your own, and be willing to give your life to the God who changes lives and people. I challenge you to consider being a missionary. It’s not all about what you end up doing as a missionary, or even how many people your reach, but it’s about Him and your obedience to Him. We are Christians, called to be God’s instruments, but seems like a lot of us like to march to beat of our own drums. The moment you gave your life to God, you gave Him rule over every aspect of you. Don’t think about what you could lose by being a missionary, think of everything you can gain for the kingdom. Isn’t that worth it?