now entering the mission field
As the summer months are upon us, we normally think about vacations, time off from church functions, time at the pool or on the water, or just resting and renewing ourselves. I often think about all of the mission trips and mission work that escalates during the summer.
Let me share a few things to think about dealing with missions. One Webster definition is a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work. Often, when we hear "mission" work we visualize mission trips to faraway locations. Although I have been on several mission trips, all meaningful and faith-building experiences, I understand the sentiment of a pastor who was fond of say, "the shortest mission trip you can take is four inches - merely lifting your head up to see the needs around you".
How often do we assume we are not missionaries unless we go somewhere special to serve the needy? Yet, right in our own communities, there are hurting people who need Jesus. We need to talk about Jesus with our friends, our neighbors, or even strangers we meet. Sometimes it is easier to be bold for a week in a strange location and then return home feeling good about ourselves. However, we must not stop sharing the gospel and doing good at home.
A church has a sign where you exit their parking lot that reads, "Now Entering the Mission Field". How true that is.
Let your light shine brightly in your mission field this summer.
Come to Worship - Depart to Serve