Some people are called to give up everything, move to a third world country, and take part in full-time missions work. Some people are called to become internationally-known Christian speakers who millions of people listen to. Others are called to live pretty ‘normal’ lives – get a 9-5 job, marry, and have children. No matter what scenario you find yourself in – you are in a mission field.
Some people get caught up in the lie that, because they feel like they aren’t doing something ‘radical’ for Jesus, their work for the Lord isn’t as important or they aren’t reaching their fullest potential for Him. They feel that they should be doing something more. While that’s true for some people, and that feeling of not being at peace can be a prompting by the Holy Spirit, the mission field for most of us is our communities, churches, homes, and workplaces.
There is a quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon that I heard the other day that says “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” … I really, really liked that quote. We are instructed by our Lord to continuously live out our testimony, share the gospel with everyone, and really become full-time missionaries. We know that not every Christian is called overseas, so we can’t discount the fact that we are missionaries for God right where we are. If you have a coworker who isn’t saved, a child or grandchild that needs to be brought up in the way of the Lord, a ‘difficult’ neighbor, or a fellow church-goer who is struggling – that’s who God wants you to minister to. He wants us to share The Word with everybody (Mark 16:15, Psalms 96:3, Matthew 28:19-20). He wants to use us.
So get involved, pray with people, share the Word, give out Bibles, be a home town missionary. Even when we feel like we are doing ‘small’ things, we are making a big difference. Our work for the Lord at home is just as important as the work of overseas missionaries or famous Christian speakers. The enemy doesn’t want us to believe our work for the Lord is making a difference, but it is! So let’s roll up our sleeves, ladies! We have a job to do.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She had served on Summer Staff since 2011, and this past summer had the unique opportunity of co-directing Children’s Ministry with one of her best friends. She is very excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and be very involved in the ministry.