I will start with a disclaimer in hopes to derail some hate mail. First, I am NOT against foreign missions. We, as Christians, are commanded to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt 28:19)
YES, we need to support foreign missions with servants, finances and prayer.
There are some people who are truly called to go and disciple, but MOST are called to stay and disciple.
For those of you that long for a “mission trip”, those who believe they can be of greatest use for the Kingdom is when they go to another country, this is for you. For those of you who are longing to be used, don’t miss out on the most overlooked mission field in the world!
Your greatest and most difficult mission field is right where you are.
This is where God placed you to serve, to evangelize and to disciple.
Your immediate and extended family, your neighbors and your community are no less important than the natives that run barefoot in a jungle.
This hard, materialistic American ground is becoming more hostile to the Gospel. Why is that? I wonder how much of it is because we don’t view our every day relationships and our daily mundane duties as Kingdom work.
As half of American-Christian marriages fail, there is no way we can be effective locally or abroad. No one wants our ‘form of religion’ when we are just as stressed and miserable as the one without Christ. Let us have strong marriages (not perfect) before we go out to the nations.
We neglect the responsibility of training up our children to establish their own ‘ well-skilled, mission bases’ as they marry and have their own families… families that need to reach out to the un-discipled in their community. Let us have strong (not perfect) families before we go out to the nations.
Few Belivers will open their homes for hospitality to reach out to those who need to see how a Christian family lives. Maybe we don’t want people to see how we really live? Let us have strong, God honoring (not perfect) homes before we go out to the nations.
There are lost, hurting and confused people all around us. How much TIME and money do we invest in them? How have you reached out to a local orphan lately? How are the widows in your community? Have you offered a hand to a mother considering to kill her un-born baby?
Jesus had only 12 disciples. They are the ones he poured the most time in. He was equipping them to go out… and make disciples. He instructed his disciples to first go to the house of Israel. Again, discipleship happens in small numbers.
Discipleship can only happen through relationships.
I challenge you! Be a missionary right where you are. Disciple those God brings to you to go out and disciple others. Look for the needy around you. Find delight in your daily duties, finding worth in the mundane, for this is the will of God!