Welcome to the land where you get to act on your faith. The place where you realize how much your beliefs doesn’t exactly fit in your life. Let’s change that.
We are all called into the action of defeating the enemy and saving the lost (it’s not you who saves). We may travel to far lands and fight off a pack of demons to make sure everyone gets to safety! I think that you need to do this because you have to believe in the effects and the results of going out to reach a people group through evangelism, but most importantly, being able to serve them with the love that we received from God. Also, if you are on a mission trip, you most likely consider yourself a Christian. By that name or label, you believe that Jesus came down as God’s only begotten Son and that He gave Himself as a sacrifice for all the crap that you have dealt with, are dealing with, and will deal with in the future.
For starters, looking at the definition of a “Christian”, plain and simple, is someone who is trying to be Christ-like. What can I do to be more like Jesus Christ, today? One of my favorite questions I ask myself daily. As you read the Gospels and what Jesus did in His lifetime, you will see that He healed, He professed the Word, baptized men, and so much more. This is just the tip of the iceberg. And simply believing in Him means that you believe that what He said is good and effective. Same reason as to why we vote someone for President. You voted for a candidate, because you believe that what they had/have to say is good.
The Great Commission
One thing that Jesus spoke of that really speaks to the heart of going to the Mission field is what He said during the Great Commission, “…All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” To make disciples of all nations means what you think it means; to go and reach a destination, find someone who you can profess the Gospel (the Good News), and teach them what you know and believe in so that they can then realize such truth and want to live like Christ. It’s not an easy thing to do or even something you find yourself thinking about constantly. I won’t lie to you, I have found myself on the side where I try to make an excuse to not talk to someone. Patience and Practice are true virtues.
One thing that stands out from this command by Jesus is that He precisely says, “all nations”, for a reason. Wherever you are reading this is also a part of all nations. Jesus didn’t say, “Go make disciples of all nations except for New Mexico (or place the name of your state here), or your campus, or workplace, or family, etc.” The only way that you can be effective is with much-needed practice and by reaching those around you.
Why would it make sense for you to want to go and reach another country or city or neighborhood when yours is falling apart at your feet? There is a coworker in your workplace who is thinking suicidal thoughts, a homeless person dying of starvation, a soup kitchen who can’t find volunteers, and a good friend who is craving for hope after a loss in their family, and yet, you are not doing anything about it.
Christians aren’t the only ones who realize what power God has.
You know, I recently heard a story of an atheist, who was evangelized to by a faithful believer. He was telling the experience that he had with this Christian and even though he didn’t agree with the Good News he was being preached. He appreciated the fact that a believer told him this, though. He expressed joy in the fact that if someone knew of a really good idea or of safety, they would not keep it for themselves. If an atheist believes in the idea of sharing something that you believe in, then why should you believe in the opposite? Imagine if the person who told you about Jesus doubted or questioned the idea of telling you this. Honestly, it would suck not knowing what you know. You wouldn’t be here reading this, right now.
As we read in the book of James, we see the emphasis that faith and deeds need to be and work together. In James 2, he mentions that you cannot be saved by faith alone. It is good to realize and remember that works are not needed for salvation, but after that step, what will you do with your faith? What will you do with this second opportunity? How about telling people about it, too? And the passage continues to state that demons believe in God and what He can do. “You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that—and tremble with fear.” What the heck is holding you back?
Another place that we should look into is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6). If you went through the process of accepting Jesus in your heart and saying a prayer for your salvation, you probably have heard of the Lord’s Prayer or at least a variation of it. I looked at it this past week and was astonished by the first part, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I was astonished, because, we basically state that we want God to use us in this way. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Overall, we can conclude in God’s will to be for us to follow His commands, but also for people to know of Jesus, who was deemed as a sacrifice for us. To get a better context of this, read this article found on Desiring God. Some people won’t hear much of the Good News without us being there or helping them learn more about it. God uses us to save them on Earth as He works in Heaven.
So why missions? Honestly, what other reasons do you need to hear about picking up the torch (or the Golden gun) and go on a mission? You’ve been saved by a Holy and just God who doesn’t ask us to do it, He commands us to. Look for opportunities to serve and reach others, but don’t forget that the battlefield starts in our own backyard.
Let’s be a 007 Agent for Jesus… or would it be a 777 Agent?