The purpose of a missionary is to be God’s servant, to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. We are all called to “The Great Commission” – Matthew 28:16-20 – “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There are missionaries in your local community, some who serve nationally, and even those who commit to serving overseas. There are missionaries who serve short-term missions and those who dedicate their entire lives to serving God. Those in the mission field can be found taking donations for their local food pantry or crossing geographical boundaries to live in jungles or with tribes.
Isaiah 6:8 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “’Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
Missionaries give their time and energy, their heart and soul, and often times their entire life expecting nothing in return, other than the fact that they can stand and say there were obedient to God’s call. They literally become the hands and feet of Christ with every breath they take. They do not receive a paycheck for any service they provide whether it is food, medical care, or the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
They rely solely on God’s word that says He will provide for all their needs according to the riches of His glory (Philippians 4:19-20).
Long term, life long, overseas Missionaries are often the most misunderstood Christians. The outsider looking in doesn’t get it, they literally cannot grasp why someone would give up everything they own, move to the other side of the world from their families, and rely on “others” to support them. When God said He would use the least of these, He was and is literal. He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. And let me back this up by saying I have been a witness to this first hand on more than one occasion now.
God wants the Good News of His word told to everyone and missionaries make this happen. The Bible says in Matthew 24:14, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” We are not all called to serve as a long-term missionary but I do believe we are all called to do mission work. Our mission may be to love and show Christ through our actions at work or school, it may be to support a local organization, you may be called to become an advocate for a national charity, or you may very well be called across borders to a lifelong journey of spreading the gospel.
In addition, we are also called to support our missionaries. You can do so by donating money to the youth going on a Spring Break mission trip, providing items needed for your local non-profit organization, committing to supporting missionaries who are serving full-time, or simply give your time and energy to a cause. For many of us, the “mission field” we are called to is right in our own back yards.
If we all work together with our personal abilities, if we all actually answered with a resounding YES to what He has called us to, just imagine the amount of work we can all accomplish for His glory! We all have different gifts and qualities that make us unique and together we are ALL the body of Christ. We are the hands and feet and it’s up to us to share His good news.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19-20
What is He calling you to do? Have you answered YES? Keep in mind, when we don’t answer or we wait too long to answer, He will move on. He will find someone else who says YES and then we lose – we miss out on the blessing that He had planned for us!
About the Author: My name is Brandie. I'm a sinner saved by grace and love blogging the Good News of Jesus Christ. I'm passionate about my convictions and love to share my beliefs with scripture references to back it up. I love being questioned about my faith and leading others to Christ. You can find me on the web at http://thejudgmentalchristian.wordpress.com/