We often associate being a missionary with going overseas somewhere. It takes a lot of prayer, planning, trusting, and going. And truthfully, that is being a missionary. There are people in far away lands that need to hear the truth of God's love. And He desires that we take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those people.
I love going and being a part of those trips. I love those who answer God's call to go to lands and people that I can't go to. And, at Wynne Baptist, we will continue taking the gospel around the world.
But is that all there is to missions? I want to challenge you to think differently about missions.While going to far away lands to serve and work with indigenous people who need Jesus is missions, so is what you do in your everyday life.
One day Gene, my friend and mentor and wild man in his own right, shared a story with a group of leaders that really challenged my perspective on missions. He was running with a group of folks around White Rock Lake in Dallas…probably training for a marathon or something extreme like that because that's how Gene rolls…and was talking with a girl in the group he knew was a Christian and made a living in the corporate world. He asked her how she did it? How did she thrive in that environment and still maintain her faith? He wasn't asking because he didn't know or didn't believe it was possible, but more to hear her story. She told him that she saw her place of employment as a mission field. She believed God had called her to be a missionary with a corporate sponsor. How cool is that?! Let that sink in, how many corporations intentionally hire a missionary? Not many that I know of, yet, they did…they just didn't realized it. That oughto change the way you see and think about missions. Let that sink in, how many corporations intentionally hire a missionary? Not many that I know of, yet, they did…they had not realized it. That ought to change the way you see and think about missions.
So what about you? Don't think you can be a missionary, you know, the kind we traditionally set aside to go to a far away land? That's OK. You can be a missionary here…wherever God places you. Whether you are a teacher, work at Walmart, with your family, a housewife, or farm your can be a missionary. You can be a missionary with a sponsor (you fill in the blank). Those people you interact with everyday need Jesus as much as those across the sea. They will die and go to hell just as quickly as those we leave home and country to reach.
We will not stop taking the gospel around the world. There are still people in other countries who need to hear the gospel. But don't become so focused on missions around the world, that you miss your calling to be a missionary at home…at work…in your neighborhood.
To answer the question, YES, you are a missionary.