Do we need to go overseas to a third world country to be a missionary? Is it really possible to mission to those around us every day???
I have great respect for those who answer Gods calling and head overseas to be missionaries. Most times they have very little money, many children and no close family around them. They do an amazing job for the Lord.
But not all of us are called to go overseas like this, but we are called to be missionaries where we are living, to those around us everyday.
I don’t always believe this means to preach the word of God all the time to people. Sometimes we may only be preparing the soil that God is going to get someone else to sow. We need to be ready and willing and able to do what God asks of us wherever we are.
Maybe God just wants us to have a happy outgoing nature, maybe people will be drawn by the joy we have from being a redeemed child of God. Maybe they will notice our lack of worry over things that would normally destroy those who don’t know the Lord.
These attitudes can often be shown to people without opening the Bible in front of them. Now if you are called to open the Bible then I suggest you do so and that you ask the Holy Spirit to have sent someone before you to prepare the ground.
I find the best way to be missionaries to the people around us is to just be who we are, to be real and share our life and journey with them. Show people how we deal with difficult issues and situations in our lives – this is a great witness.
I remember we used to go to a particular restaurant in our local town. It was a great place to take the family and we used to go there on a Sunday after worship with other families from church. The owner asked me one day why I was always happy. I must admit I did ask him if he really wanted to know and when he said yes I stated that it was because God loved me and had sent his son to save me. Now he didn’t take the conversation anywhere else and just took our lunch order, but maybe he went home and thought about this, maybe God had someone else to come after me to speak into his heart about Him, I don’t know. I just know that if you feel the need to spread the word of God, you just do it.
Equip your children to be mini missionaries within the realms of your family. Teach them to show people love and respect, teach them to care for the needy.
Maybe God is calling you to make meals for the sick and needy or help someone around their house because they are incapacitated. What a blessing for us to be able to do this and what an opportunity to show Gods love to these people. To show them that we care by being happy and cheerful givers. Also we don’t know what doors this will open and when God will give us an opportunity to speak His word into their lives.
God may also be calling you to financially support the overseas missionaries or just be there for their families at home. Maybe you can let your children be grandchildren to a couple who’s family is ministering overseas.
So wherever you are in your life, class yourself as a missionary and spread the word of God however He calls you to, whether it be to go overseas or remain where you are.
Hebrews 13: 20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working is us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
How do you and your family mission where you are?
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