“If you are saved, you have a mission to share Jesus Christ with others.” This was a challenge given by Julio Velasquez, one of the very first missionaries Calvary has had the privilege of sponsoring. He and his wife Andrea are missionaries to Spain and have been for multiple decades. The truth of this statement is convicting. This is what followers of Christ must be about. This is the mission of the local church and the mission of Jesus Christ, to go into all the world to make disciples, teaching them to obey the Word of God.
After an entire weekend spent focusing on missions work around the world, and hearing what God is doing all around the world, we naturally get fired up about global missions. But now, a few days after the conference has ended, where is that fire?
If we don’t have a “what now?” plan, that fire will quickly fade and leave us until the missions conference next year. Maybe you’ve experienced a cycle of that over the past couple of years. Every year about this time you get stoked and so passionate about global missions! You bust out the checkbook, look into mission trip options, even contact some missionaries or mission agencies, about the possibility of going. Maybe you sign up for the email update list, as you commit to pray for the missionaries you met at the conference. Or maybe you even set up a recurring gift to give monthly to the work of a missionary.
But then time moves forward, and the passion and excitement fade. This post is to help us keep fanning into flame that passion toward global missions, and the realization that if you are saved, you have a mission to share Jesus with others, wherever you are! Here are three “what now?” steps you might take after this missions conference:
1. Faithful obedience in going to the mission field.
Not all of us will go overseas to be a missionary. God is not calling every human to go overseas on their missionary journey—otherwise, no one would be left here to be a missionary in America! But, it is possible, and perhaps even likely, that God is calling you to go; to leave home and go overseas or head out of the country to become a missionary to a different people group than where you were born and raised.
If, after a conference like this past weekend, you felt a stirring to go, be obedient. We must obey the Word of God and we must obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If God is calling you to the mission field, the worst thing you can do is stay here, continuing to do what you’ve always done. Listen to that draw, that prompting.
One practical step you can take is to contact our Global Outreach (GO) Team. Start with an email to Dave Ketcham and move forward from there. Or, you could even sign up for the 24-Hour Demo that ABWE is hosting in April. There are more details here: http://www.abwe.org/resources/events/24-hour-demo
2. Faithful obedience in giving resources to send others to the mission field.
Again, not everyone is called to go out of their job, city, or country to work in a foreign mission field. But, if you are not going, you must send. We don’t like to talk often about the money side of things, but without money, there are certain things that cannot be done. Honestly, if people were not faithful in their giving, we would have no staff or church building. And, to be frank, if you are not faithfully obedient to give resources to send others to the mission field, we won’t have missionaries all around the world, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who have never heard, it for very long.
3. Faithful obedience in sharing Christ with those directly in your sphere of influence.
As Julio challenged us, “If you are saved, you have a mission to share Jesus Christ with others.” Whether you go overseas, out of the state, or stay where you are, if you are a Christian, you have a calling on your life to share Jesus Christ with those around you. This doesn’t mean we beat others over the head with the Word of God or even hold the world to the standards of a Christian worldview. That’s not realistic.
However, it does mean doing life with other people in community. It does mean sharing your story of transformation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Your story of transformation is powerful, and you need to share it with others. Start there. If you’re not sure what to say, share your story. Live your life in such a way that the Gospel is contagious and desirable. Live in the fullness and joy and peace that come from Jesus that others may see how differently you live and act, and give glory to your Father in heaven.
We must each be obedient to what God is calling us to do.
Where is God calling you? What is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do?
If you want to talk more about what you feel God calling you to, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, stop into the office, or call (616) 396-2724.