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Our Mission Field

Mark Junkans

Christians living in the Houston Metro area are sitting in the middle of a great mission field.  Sometimes we forget this fact and go about our busy day, self-engrossed in our problems and to do lists.  We are blessed to have the privilege of living in such a time as this.  Back when most of our friends and neighbors belonged to a church, things were much different.  Even though we attended different churches, we still assumed that the other knew Jesus.  Stories of missionaries in far off places drew our attention, and still do.  Now, we are living in a new missionary age.  This is one where we the local church can learn to minister cross-culturally to our community and receive the blessings once reserved for foreign missionaries.  This kind of ministry is a great adventure.

Still the question remains, how will our neighbors know who we are and what we believe?  How will they know that we love them?  They will know by the way we serve them and the way we treat them.

How did Jesus treat people?

“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. Mark 2.16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Mark 2.15-17 NIV)

He treated them with love and compassion, not judging them according to human standards, but as individuals in need of His grace.  He received them and ate with them, became their friend and defended them against the Pharisees.  We too can get to know people, not according to our society’s stereotypes, but according to who they are as human beings made in God’s image.

How did Jesus serve people?  He met them according to their needs, not his.  Many times we are willing to serve when it is convenient to us, or according to our perception of what people need.  Jesus took the time with people to connect with them on a personal basis.  Even though, as God, he knew what was in their hearts, He still knew that for people to know and trust Him required lots of personal contact.  He spent time listening to them and then served and spoke according to their needs, not His.

How will we learn to do this?  By praying, practicing and learning through experience.  In this season we have multiple opportunities to do this.  I pray God’s blessings on our efforts.