BY JORDAN MAYER
"For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'”
As a young kid going off to school, there was something my Mom would always say to me. Remember that you are a missionary in your school. The things you say, the way you act, and the difference you make are all part of your witness. You're there, not just to learn, but to be a light for your classmates, friends, teachers, and even the bully and kids you don't get along with. She instilled an important truth into each of her kids that missions was not only for a remote people in a faraway land, but right outside our door.
While it's true that God calls some to minister in remote corners of the world (as we heard on Sunday), we each have a mission field woven into the fabric of our daily lives.
Parents serve as missionaries for their kids, as mine did for me. A doctor, their patients. A teacher, their students. A cashier, their customers. Whatever our “job” may be, we have a higher calling and a deeper purpose: to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20). But wherever we find ourselves, at work, at the gym, in the grocery store, on the phone with a friend, or walking down the street, we carry this message of hope with us.
That’s why this verse is so important. People need to hear the truth and we need to share it! The Gospel is literally “good news”. We carry with us the greatest message the world has ever know. How beautiful it is, then, to see this message spread by those who have been shaped and transformed by it.
The grand adventure of missions work is that you never quite know who you will impact. You may have a brief interaction with someone in the airport or be a lifelong witness to a friend or co-worker. You may give someone the Gospel message or help lead them as they accept Christ into their life. It is the grace of God that saves, but he is looking for workers (Luke 10:2). Those to till the field, those to plant the seed, those to water the ground. What grows is the gift and power of God (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
Whoever we are, whatever we do, wherever we live, our purpose remains the same: to carry this good news to a world that needs to hear it.
Lord, I pray for the boldness to share the truth of who you are. I pray for your blessing and opportunity over the conversations I have today, with whomever I meet, to share the good news of Jesus. By your Spirit, work in and through me to let your name be known. Amen.