I know it has been quite a while since writing something and I apologize for that. One question I have gotten a lot since graduating high school is, “what are you going to do after graduation?” This question has rolled around in my head quite a bit. I’m majoring in nursing, but what do I want to do with that? Something crucial that I had to remember was that I am a Christian who has been given the opportunity to use my gifts through nursing. Many times in life people ditch their faith by the way side to promote their own career. Don’t get me wrong, a successful career is not sinful, but is it higher than your faith?
Over that past year I have felt a burden to join the mission field. I struggled with the question, “How do I know God is calling me to missions?” I’ve been on two life changing missions trips. One to Guatemala for six weeks and just this past month to Utah and Montana where we administered 1 Corinthians 13 love through our actions. In radically different ways yet in very similar ways, all three locations needed Christ.
I often prayed earnestly and thought deeply about whether God was calling me to missions for fear of stepping out in a direction that might be contrary to God’s will, believing I needed to see some “miracles” or “signs.” After my first mission trip (the loooong one to Guatemala), my decision making process changed radically. I realized that I was approaching the question of calling from the completely wrong direction. Until that time I had assumed that God was not calling me to go on mission until I heard him saying “Go.” Now I believe that he is calling me to mission unless I hear him saying “No.”
Every Christian has been called to participate in God’s mission to reconcile the world to himself. We don’t all need to be called to a remote part of Africa, or a persecuted country like Chine. After all, if we were all called to the same place, how could we reach all the nations with the good news of Jesus Christ? Among Jesus’ final words to his disciples is the Great Commission, in which he announces that the mission of the Church is to make disciples of all nations:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).
I have come to realize that taking the commands and promises of Scripture seriously means recognizing that we are living out an everyday, everywhere mission. Whether you’re a student,, plumber, business executive, stay-at-home mom, or active missionary, we are all called to make disciples of Jesus right where we are. Participating in God’s mission does not require us to get on a plane or cross an ocean. We can begin making disciples today in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. We don’t have to limit our selves to one specific nation. Where the doors are open, by all means go through. But let’s not forget whether we are called to the foreign mission field or the home front, together we are entrusted with the same mission, empowered by the same Spirit, and graced by the same promise that the mission will succeed.
In Christ Always,