As I read my Bible and live my life, I have been feeling convicted about the way I go about missions. Until this past week, I would say that my view on missions is that my Mom takes care of how we do that, and I just go along with it. We have a Bible Kid’s Club, a Bible study that I lead on Monday nights, and we go to Church almost every time the doors are open. But I need to make my own faith, no longer depending on my parents. Because once I do that, I can really start to witness to others.
Yesterday we were at a conference and a speaker got up and read a passage from Isaiah 43. He talked about how God wants us to look up and “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19) We need to get our heads out of the clouds and see what God wants us to do in ministry. God is saying ‘LOOK! I have great things I want you to do!’ while we hide within our daily routine. We are comfortable with the way things are, but God wants us to get out of our comfort zone and do His work. As Steven Curtis Chapman said, ‘This is the great adventure!”
But what does ministry mean for us? For one thing, don’t think ministry simply means becoming a pastor, or leader in the church. Yes, being an active member in the church is important, but it isn’t everything. Ministry means your way of bringing people to Christ, and then discipling them. This could be through a ministry called Sports Crusaders which uses summer camps every year to minister to kids. This could be through a small group which you lead. It could be disaster relief, or music concerts or anything that you feel the Lord wants you to do.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to start small. If you aren’t working to further His kingdom in your everyday life, why would God call you somewhere else? Talk to your friends, your neighbors, your family, even your enemies. Are they hurting? Do they need help or counseling? What about the people you see at the gym, or library? Do they look like they might need someone to talk to? Once again, this may be out of our comfort zone, but ask the Lord to give you courage.
Last, but certainly not least, don’t waste any time. The mission is urgent! Jesus could return any day now, and souls would be lost. Do you not want to see your unsaved friends or family in heaven? Christians waste so much time on logistics, planning, and waiting. Go! Do the work God is calling you to do, and pray that others may do likewise.
“For the Lord has commanded us saying, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” (Acts 13:47)