Do you remember how when you were little everything used to be absolutely terrifying? The dark was scary, so you plugged in a nightlight. Whatever was under your bed was scary, so you had your Mom or dad check. The creaks from down the hall and all the eerie noises emitting from all around the house were absolutely horrifying. But you always had something that reassured you of your safety. A symbol of comfort and protection. With that feeling of safety, you could face anything without fearing harm.
Unfortunately, as we grow older our fears become more surreal and are much more difficult to vanquish. They come from deep inside and require something far more substantial to comfort and reassure. This is often why mission and serving scares people. They are afraid that something dreadful will happen to them. Perhaps its the fear of being assaulted, robbed or threatened. Maybe its even simpler than that. Fear of rejection and failure can be a reason that people dismiss the thought of mission. Well here’s the truth. Not everyone is going to like what you have to say. Some people are going hate or disagree with you. Others may ignore or dismiss your reaching out to them, but thats ok. You can’t change everyone’s heart, but you most certainly can try. It doesn’t matter how many people you bring to God, in fact, it doesn’t even matter if you bring anyone. The important thing is that you are recognizing God’s calling in your life. Even if you don’t think so, impacting just one single person’s life makes a huge difference. Through that, God is gaining one more child, and you are gaining another brother or sister in Christ.
That being said, not everyone is called out to the mission field, but we all are called to mission. Let me explain, God calls some people to serve in poverty inflicted, third world countries, whereas he calls others within their very own community. Anyone can be a missionary at any age. For example, shovelling your neighbours driveway without being asked, paying for an order behind you, giving a dollar to a homeless man/woman on the street, helping at your local shelters and soup kitchens are all examples of being a missionary within your own community. It might seem insignificant, but it is what God has called you and I to do. He has a way of turning our “small” works into glorious masterpieces through his great plan.
Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone. Whether it be going across the world to help people in need, or talking to a person who may not have everything all together in his/her life. Despite the situation or circumstance, We all have the opportunity to serve in mission. We shouldn’t fear the consequences or outcome of our actions or words, but focus on the plan that God has made us a part of and is using to complete. I know that those are some bold words to live up to, a lot easier spoken than acted upon, but I can honestly say that I am willing to do whatever God calls me to. I put my future and plans for mission in his hands because I know that he knows what is best for me and this world. I will go wherever he wants me to go and do whatever he wants me to do. But I also will stay if he wants me to stay. I lift it all up to him willingly and I hope that you choose to do the same. Im not going to tell you that it’ll be easy, in fact, following him, and trusting him completely is quite the treacherous and difficult path, but in the end, your reward will be far greater than anything you or I could possibly imagine. So let go of your fears and anxieties, give them up to God, and plunge into darkness. Because God is waiting to use you as a light for him.
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
“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,”
1 Chronicles 16:24
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples!”
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?