Today I spent the afternoon with a sweet friend. Our kids played, and we managed to carry on a conversation over the laughter and squeals of our littles. This friend in particular has been in our lives since 2009! Her house feels like my second home, and our conversations always seem to drift over to raising our kids "the right way", and chatting about the hurdles we face while we attempt to raise our kids to love God in a world that seems to be growing darker by the minute. However our normal conversation came to a mind blowing halt when we started to talk about countries who aren't predominately Christian, those who are engrained from birth into muslim, hindu, etc. .. what if they die never watching TBN, never hearing the gospel...? Their chances of stumbling upon a Bible in those countries are slim to none. Now maybe you have already thought of this, and it isn't ripping your heart out like it is mine...but bear with me...
So after coming home I consulted the three wisest people I know, The Lord, My Dad and My Husband. Before I tell you the consensus let me just say that for about 3 weeks now the Lord has been telling me, nearly on repeat; "Its not just about you..." So, Im sure you're picking up what I am putting down. The mission field is not going to evangelize itself! (However I have heard several former-muslims say that Jesus appeared to them in a vision or a dream.)
Our calling is not just about us.
Our gifts are not just for us.
Our anointing is not to appease us.
Your passion, your purpose, your destiny, your calling, your gifts.... they are for everyone else. To use to bless, to minister, to bring joy, to encourage.....
To be a light in this dark world.
There are souls waiting on you to use your calling. There are lives that need saved, addictions that need broken, the bound that need freed, the depressed that need joy, the anxious who need peace, the doubters that need encouraged.
Maybe your mission field isn't the grassy fields of Africa - but then again - maybe it is. Maybe the mission field has been calling, and you've been asleep at the wheel. What will happen to the souls waiting on you to answer the call?
Maybe your mission field is your workplace. That girl ( you know who) who needs another boyfriend like she needs a shot to the foot, but who needs to know the well that wont run dry.
Maybe your mission field is your dinner table, the little hands that reach for you throughout the day. You are the most consistent version of Jesus they will ever see. They will fashion their prayers after yours. Can they hear you calling out to God? Do they see His peace reigning in your life?
I dont know where exactly your mission field is sweet friend - but I know we have to stop buying the lie that we dont have one. Or, that mission work is either for someone else, or not necessary unless you are in a third world country.
Don't feel good enough? Don't sweat it. You'll never be "good enough" to carry the presence of God, but it's Christ IN you, the hope of Glory. His ransom bought your worth.
Don't feel equipped? Pick up your sword (the word of God) and use it.
Don't feel ______ (fill in the blank with whatever your insignificance is) ... There's good news for that one too - we aren't called to live by our feelings. We are called to live by the word of God, and through the courage given to us through the Holy Ghost.
So, what do you say friend? Let's get to workin' our mission field. It's not just about us, theres a big world out there and they are depending on us to do our part.
Don't worry sister, we are in this together!
Off to the plow we go...
Until next time, I'm your partner in battle. Crystal Komala