So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.- 1 Corinthians 10:31
As Christians who have a loving and intimate relationship with God, naturally we want to live a life that brings glory to Him and the question “am I doing enough?” can often creep in. We may look at great evangelists such as Reinhard Bonnke or Billy Graham and think in order to live life to the fullest for God, we need to be a missionary travelling the world. In all honestly, as Christians, we have been called to carry out the Great Commission and make disciples of men (Matthew 28:16-20), where or how we do this is not fixed! So, the question is, how can we best serve God where we’re at and how we are? We won’t all be able to travel around the world to share the gospel, as amazing as that is, so how can we be evangelists in our home, community, or workplace in the country we currently dwell?
Mission-minded, what is that you ask? Well, it is a renewing of the mind as we partner with God and ask Him to reveal His plan and purpose for us where we are. It happens we come to the realisation that as Christians who possess the holy spirit, we are Kingdom carriers and have the privilege of ushering in the presence of God where we are. Be it with friends in the gym, coffee with a neighbour or supporting a colleague at work. All God asks of us, is to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to be used by Him (Romans 12:1) and in doing this, we can be sent to carry out His good work on earth (Ephesians 2:10). As a consequence of having a mission mindset, we become Christian men and women who live a life that is radical and zealous for the Lord.
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What can obstruct us from seeing our environment as a mission field?
Having a mission mindset is great and propels us forward, however, it is easy to be discouraged as you run your race. Especially if you are comparing your calling/mission with another Christian. Below is how we can compare ourselves with others:
Sacred vs secular
- There be a false belief that the job you do as a plumber, football coach or lawyer is secular and not sanctified by God.
Important vs menial
- There may be a false belief that the 9-5 job you do is menial in comparison to those who are missionaries
Ordinary employment vs kingdom ministry
- You may think that the job/profession you work in is common and ordinary, compared to those who serve in ministry full-time. Like their job is more impactful.
Comparison of calling
- Another dangerous thought is comparison of calling, some brothers/sisters in Christ have been called and equipped to go out to nations and preach the gospel and worship. While others have been called to do the same in schools, streets or youth clubs in their home country.
This is not an exhaustive list, but just highlights some unhelpful thoughts that could prevent us from having a mission mindset. That is why it is so important to have a prayer life and hear personally from God, He is the good shepherd and will show you what He has deposited in you to fulfil your purpose on earth.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the seaHabakuk 2:14
Friend, I want to let you know that we can all be part of God’s story and a great plan, no matter where we are in the world. We can still be a part of the movement of the church into society and being the hands and feet of God. You have been equipped with all you need, you’re exactly where you need to be for this season, so go forth and make disciples!
Bible plan – Scattered Servants