“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
This means: North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, everywhere. He loves all people everywhere, and desires to set them free from the power of sin.
Some of us are called to go out from our homes and venture to the four corners of this world. Others are called to minister in your very communities. Both are equally important, because all people need Jesus.
God calls us to serve in different ways.
This means that the stay-at-home mom in Texas who struggles to take care of her three small children is just as important to The Great Commission as the missionary living in the bush somewhere far away.
God calls us the Body of Christ for a reason (Romans 12:5, 1 Cor. 12:27). Each one of us is a different part of the body with a different function. If all of the parts tried to do the same thing, the body would not work. It’s the differences working together that make it functional.
Let the heart be the heart, the mind be the mind, the hands and feet all do their God-given tasks.
It is not about us.
We are pieces in a puzzle that God is putting together, in order to bring salvation and declare His Name and His love to every tongue, tribe and nation. It is all about Jesus and sharing His love with people by living it out, shining as lights, and doing what we were created to do.
Use your gifts! Minister to people in your office. Bring a meal to an elderly or disabled person. Get involved in your church. Be bold and share with this world that Jesus loves them and came for them.
For those of you who are not called to go overseas, don’t think for a second you are not called to be a missionary. Every Christian is called to follow Christ. Every one of us has the privilege of being His Ambassador wherever we are.
If you spend your days cooking meals or cleaning toilets, your purpose is not less important than the televangelist traveling the world. It is in submitting to God’s will and living as Christ would wherever we are, that God is glorified and that people will come to Him.
Furthermore, some people have a heart for the nations, but they don’t have the ability to go. For you, you have the ability to send. You can send through prayers, encouraging notes, financial support, welcoming a missionary into your home when they’re on furlough, etc. There are countless ways to minister overseas from right where you are.
I know in my case, I might be physically on the ground in Northern Uganda, but there is an army by my side of prayer warriors, financial supporters, and encouragers. Without all of you, we could not be a part of God’s work here. I’m so grateful for those that God has called to minister in the US and other such places. They certainly need missionaries there, and we most definitely desire your prayers and support here.