Years ago, people referred to missionaries as those elect few who gave up everything they owned in this civilized world to go and work with the underprivileged in the uncivilized world. The cost was high; many of them died shortly after arriving. It may be shocking to learn, though, that missionary help isn’t only for distant countries; the need is just as prevalent right here at home.
We are surrounded with people who need God’s help. They are at our workplace, in our schools, in our communities, at the supermarkets, in the malls, at the parks and within our own social rings. The mission field is no longer that isolated village thousands of miles away; it’s all around us! And we can all be missionaries!
Sometimes it’s as simple as being a good neighbor, ready to pitch in and help when help is needed and willing to go that extra mile to meet someone’s need. In doing this, we share the love of Jesus and others see Him in us whether we realize it or not. We have shown them that their need is important and that the love of God is in us. What a great testimony for God!
Some people are always willing to give to the homeless, whereas others feel that if these outcasts just got a job and took life seriously, they could care for themselves. But that is a selfish attitude as we don’t know what has happened in their lives that made them this way. God never told us to judge them; He just told us to give to the poor. So we should give graciously with a good heart and let God determine their judgment. Maybe it would take just one act of kindness from us to make a homeless person feel loved and worth something. And how wonderful it would be if that person came to know Jesus as their Savior! What a transformation it would be for their lives!
We all have a few dollars that we could spare to give to a reputable Christian organization that has set up benevolence funds for the poor in their area. None of us would go broke by sharing a few dollars once in a while; or better still, on a regular basis. And many of us could spare an hour or so a week to help distribute gifts of food and clothing to those who are in need. We’re all busy, but if we actually put these people as priorities according to God’s will, we’d find the time.
Many of us can’t be committed to a part-time job where we could work with the sick and the elderly, but many of us could commit to a few hours a month. There are old age homes in every community where many of the elderly live out their last days, and while many of them are content, many more feel lost and forgotten. How wonderful it would be if those of us who could give the time could go and be a friend to these dear souls. We could share Jesus with them, share a smile with them, and let them know that they are loved. The impact of our visit might not be immediately realized, but bringing just a few minutes of joy to a sad heart would do wonders.
Many of us can financially support Christian ministries that go into the various countries to bring the good news of Jesus! And there are even specific ministries such as the prison ministries, help for single moms and single dads, help for the disabled or the sick that we can be part of. We can’t all go and we can’t all preach, but surely we can give a few dollars once in a while, or even commit to a monthly amount that will encourage those who can go to preach the gospel where it’s desperately needed. If we could take just a small percentage of the money that we spend on entertainment or pizza every month, we would be part of a ministry that is out there bringing lost souls to Christ!
And if we can’t do any of these things, then at least we can pray! We can pray for those who can go and preach to the lost, and who can get out there physically and help those with physical needs. We can pray that the various ministries are able to raise the funds for their next mission. We can pray that God’s anointing would upon those who dare to go and preach to the lost, and we can pray for the lost, that their hearts would be open to receive the truth!
The mission field is all around us. It’s in our home, on our street and wherever people are! Jesus, our King, is going to return soon and the time for sharing His truth will be over. We need to work now! We need to be His disciples now so that others can see Him in us and want to know Him, too! We can be missionaries for Jesus today.
What is the cost of being a missionary? Jesus gave His life on the cross so that every human ever born could receive His salvation! But He isn’t asking us to give our lives; He’s asking us to simply share God’s love and truth with others, and to be a helping hand to those in need. The only thing that it will cost us is love! And the thing about love is that the more we share it, the more God pours it upon us.
And when we stand before our King one day, we will receive our reward and there will nothing more blessed to us than to hear Jesus say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter in to your rest.”
- Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
- Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’—Matthew 25:34-40
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