When you hear the term ‘mission field’, what is your first response? Do you think of a mission field as ‘across the sea, far away”? Many people do. I want to challenge you to think closer to home. Our mission field is where God has placed us at this time in our lives.
God is the One who determines when and where each of us lives. He has placed us in this present time to be His witnesses in our homes, schools and work-places. In Acts 17:26-27 Paul tells us God has determined preappointed times and dwelling boundaries of all people so they could seek the Lord and find Him.
Wherever God has placed you, you can look around and find people in need of His mercy, His grace, and His love. We all need God, but there are so many people who have no idea there is a God who loves them. If we don’t tell them, how will they know?
In a poll taken in August 2013, 1 out of 5 non-Christians living in North American reported not personally knowing a Christian. So we as Christians are either not admitting to knowing Jesus or we aren’t sharing what we do know about Jesus.
While some people are called specifically to preach, we are all called to be fishers of men. When Jesus said, “Go 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 things I have commanded you”, He was giving this mission to all of His followers until the end of our time on earth.
If we know Jesus, really know Him, we will be sharing Him with those around us. The most authentic way to do this is by building honest relationships with people. When people can see that we all have issues and that our strength to deal with life issues comes from God they will want to know more about Him.
When they start asking questions all we have to do is tell our own personal story – what we were like (sinners), how we came to know and trust Jesus (redeemed), and how He has changed our lives (new creations).
In order to become a new creation in Jesus, people have to admit they have sinned. They need to have head and heart knowledge of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross and rose again to bring us new life. They have to ask God to forgive them and ask Jesus to live in them. Then they will need help learning to live this new life.
Just as a baby needs help to learn how to do many things, new Christians will need someone to help them learn to live as a new creation. They will need help learning how to study God’s word. They will need help getting involved in a church where God’s truth is being taught while being loved on by His people.
As they mature they will need guidance to find ways they can serve God and begin to work their own mission fields.
Have a talk with God today and do an honest evaluation of how faithfully you are serving God in your mission field. When you go home to heaven will our Father say to you, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”?
I know I need to be more faithful in developing relationships with non-Christians so they can see Christ in me. I am adding that to my prayer list and asking God to lead me to someone(s) who need to know Him.
I urge you to pray about your mission field. Then with God leading boldly march forth today to serve in your field and …
Be a blessing,