DON’T MISS IT!
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we are surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.” (unknown author)
Isn’t it just like us, humans, to overcomplicate things? I have recently had a realization that is going to change the landscape of my everyday life. God has already revealed His plan for my life. And yours!! And yet I, like many believers, have spent so much time making “doing His Will” way more complicated than it actually is.
Over the last several years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of some incredible works. I have participated in two mission trips to Uganda where I witnessed God’s glory in a way that forever changed my heart and how I see the world. I have watched our church family here in Kentucky transform into a church determined to spread the gospel as far as it can reach. After seeing so many miraculous and wondrous acts of God, I allowed myself to be convinced that that was the only way He could use me. In the “Big Stuff.” You know, the important stuff like mission trips, and church planting, fostering children….so I sat and prayed, “God, show me your will!” “Lord, I just want to do Your will, please reveal what you want me to do next.” “God, I’m still here…waiting for you to tell me the next big thing….” (crickets, lots of ‘em).
He was listening, He always is. He was just waiting for me too. So, to give me a little nudge it the right direction, he sent my friend Akim from Uganda to shake some sense into me. He came all the way to Kentucky in the middle of winter to visit the non-profit organization he works with here and in Uganda. I grew very close to him on my trips there and was thrilled to have him come and speak at our church about mission work. As we were standing around catching up, he asked how I was and what I had been up to the last several months. I responded with something like, “Oh, just going to work and church and chasing my teenager around. I have been praying for what God wants me to do next. I am seriously considering quitting my job to go into full-time ministry.” My tone must have been dripping with a bit of frustration. I could tell by the look he gave me when he asked, “Quit your job so you can what? Be in full-time ministry? Are you not in full-time ministry everywhere you go as a believer in Jesus Christ? Does He not have you right where He wants you in order to make the biggest impact at this very moment? Are you surrounded by more people that need to hear the gospel at your work or at your church?” Oh, how I wish you could read that in his soothing Ugandan accent just as I can hear it in my mind. I wonder if I looked like how I felt at that moment. You know that feeling where you want to crawl in a hole and cover yourself up? Even as I type this, I am shaking my head. Praise the Lord for His patience with us and the gentle nudges He gives to remind us of His Word and promises.
The Great Commission wasn’t meant for special occasions, huge church events, and mission trips. We are called to be everyday missionaries on the lookout for the opportunities God places in front of us, big and small. Everyday missionaries are those who practice life on mission where God has placed them. As followers of Jesus Christ, our lives have a mission. God has a purpose and plan for us. In fact, He wants to do more “in” us and “through” us than we can even imagine. But it is not about us—it’s about Him. EVERYTHING we do—our jobs, our parenting, our words, our actions, our life’s mission—should be done with the intention of bringing glory to His name. Never missing the chance to shine a light in this dark and fallen world.
1 Corinthians 10:31— “… Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” (ESV)
We are everyday missionaries, and God has created each of us in a special way to take part in His plan. From high school students to retirees, from stay-at-home moms to CEO’s, we each have a part in the greatest story ever told. This is a story about an extraordinary love. Too many people think that only “extraordinary” believers can be used for Christ. God has called each of us to live a life on mission wherever we are – no matter our age, occupation, biblical knowledge, or busy schedule.
He’s asking us to see what He sees. Opportunities within our realities.
DON’T MISS IT!!
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:15