We are called to be missions-minded. Paul writes to us that when we become Christians, when we accept Jesus as our Lord, we become a dwelling place for God.
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?1 Corinthians 3:16 (NASB)
That should focus our thoughts right there! How can we serve God? How can we advance His kingdom? From abiding to fruit is the process, the journey of living out our faith. John Eldredge, in his book, Beautiful Outlaw, writes that we should ask Jesus to let us live His life. “We give you our lives to live your life.” He helps us live holy lives, doing kingdom things and living out the Life of Christ.
What is your mind set on? Is it earthly things or heavenly things? Set your mind on Christ Jesus. You will bear fruit.
One such fruit is to be missions-minded.
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
This means to the ends of the earth. So we support missionaries who speak at Waco First Assembly of God one Sunday each month. Give generously.
This means to our local community. So we support service projects to those local organizations who are carrying out the compassion mission of the church. Each church is called to their own mission and God’s vision for them in particular. So we give time and treasures to support those doing food banks, helping stop human trafficking, or anything that advances the cause of heaven but we are not called to specifically.
This means us as well. We are called to make disciples too. So we should participate in evangelistic efforts personally. Some members pray for us when we go out. Others join in and walk or drive to reach out to people. This can be as simple as asking people “how can I pray for you?” It can also be listening to the Holy Spirit when He says, “Go talk to that person in the red jacket over there.” We can share God’s love and plan of salvation with them. Sometimes He gives us a Word of Knowledge to open the door to their hearts. God tells us about their problem and we can ask them and interact with them about it. “How did you know?” they ask. “God wants you to know He loves you and wants you to be His child. Can I pray for you?”
Globally or locally, we too are called to go. Go in prayer support, go in financial support, and go personally to the field. All three are essential. We have authority under Christ Jesus to go. He told us to go. Go, love, win. Even if you just plant a seed, you win ground for the Kingdom of God.
It is not mission impossible, nor mission optional. It is the great commission from the creator God of the universe. He is with you and will not forsake you. Ask Him for help, for words to speak and prayers to pray. The success is up to Him. We need to be obedient to His call to be laborers in the harvest, whose fields are white with readiness. Don’t go by what you see. Go by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Have a missions mind-set. Live a Kingdom lifestyle. Bless God.