Tuesday, October 25, 2016


It is so easy for us here in the United States to think everything is all about us.

Our journey should never be so focused, so narrow-minded, that we would be oblivious to the cares and concerns of others, even in foreign lands. 

God so loved the world, the Bible tells us, and that does not mean just our own kith and kin. 

He also tells us in the Great Commission to go, tell, teach and make disciples (followers) in all nations. That's thinking global. 

Now, it's very unlikely I'd be able to go to Lima, Peru, or Cape Town, Africa, to tell people about Jesus. I wouldn't have the funds to get there - and, it would take longer than my vacation  - and I wouldn't know the language.

What I can do is pray. Prayer is a big deal, though often we don't think so.

"Well, all I can do is pray for you," we'll say, as if it is the least we could do and hardly worth mentioning. But if we are serious about praying, and pursue it passionately, we might be surprised at the end result.

We can also give to missions. Maybe I can't go, but I can help someone who is prepared to go. In fact, I submit it is our duty as a Christian to give over and above our tithe (!) to help send missionaries to minister where God has called them.

This journey is not about our own comfort, but about trying to get as many people as possible to join us as we travel to our Heavenly Home. Yes, missions giving cuts down on my spending money but it's not all about me. 

Wouldn't it be awesome to find out your neighbor in heaven was there because he heard the gospel from a missionary you supported?

I challenge you to pray and give with a global mindset. 

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betty said...

We (hubby and me) are not of the mindset to go into missionary work, etc., but I feel we've been called to support those that do. When I see someone raising funds for work on the missionary field we usually support them. That and sending kids to Christian summer camps are such worthy endeavors. I feel our rewards lie ahead in heaven for our efforts this side of eternity.


Monica said...

I've always admired those who give up everything to spread the Good News! It's a great deal of dedication and FAITH.

happywonderer.com said...

This post brought to mind a couple passages.

From Isaiah... How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

And from Romans: And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"