This wonderful church is very similar to the church of my youth, so sweet friend, let’s go back a few years and climb the steps, find a pew, settle in and listen “somewhat” intently to a missionary sharing scenes of wild animals, primitive villages, and families sitting around a large pot– wait, isn’t that the missionary –isn’t that monkey head meat? Finally…. He ends the service by encouraging people to consider missionary work and leads them to sing “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go Dear Lord”. I slump down in my pew and in my youthful mind I say “No way God, Not Me! Many years later God calls my daughter Melody and family to darkest Africa and on to the Middle East.
Don’t say no to God – He didn’t take me but He sure took Melody “outside the camp moving with Jesus toward need, not comfort.” Those words echoed in my soul after hearing John Piper in a recent sermon from Hebrews 13:12-16. He highlights the central call to us in verse 13, “So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” “That is, move with Jesus toward need, not comfort; not in your own strength or virtue but in the strength and holiness that Christ purchased for you in his death.”
God worked through this same message to encourage Rachel Jones and her family to “move with Jesus toward need, not comfort. She writes “What is the greatest good you can do for your children? We believed strongly that “moving toward need” was one of the greatest goods we could do for them (Today as a family, they serve on the foreign mission field). I am grateful that children of all ages, in child-like faith are often unaware of their “missionary status” to those around them.
Melody Green of Last Days Ministries writes, “Someone who loves Jesus should always be ministering His love no matter where they
are.” Where is your mission field today? The key phrase is ….”no matter where you are.” At the time of my youthful experience I wasn’t thinking of moving with Jesus toward need, not comfort. I brought my used clothing, and with a loving heart placed them in the missionary barrel. I saved my money to send to Sunshine Children’s Home in Kentucky and today continue to support missionaries in many ways. Recently the Holy Spirit brought me to 1 Peter 3:15 “Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.”(MSG)
Be encouraged sweet friend God’s Word equips you for “your” mission field. Let’s share the Majesty and Glory of our loving Lord through our daily mission outreach “no matter where we are”.