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Journal

Joining God in Mission

Mark Junkans

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Growing up, I always remember missions as being something that we supported.  Missionaries would come and tell there stories about their work, and we would give them an offering so they could go back out and continue doing it.  There is still a need for missionary support, but we also have to remember that we are individually called to mission as well.  It may not be practical or even possible for you to go do mission work overseas.  Your mission field is the place right around you.  Your neighborhood, your workplace, your community or your club.  Your primary mission field is comprised of the relationships that you have in your life who don't yet know Jesus as Savior.

How do you move from being a passive believer to actually living on mission?  Here are a few things you can do.

1. Pray - As you pray that God would raise up workers for the harvest field, ask him boldly that you would be included among them. 

2. Look - around you there is a mission field.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see who He has placed around you. Listen to conversations and watch the patterns that emerge in people's lives.  See people as made in God's image who He loves and wants to redeem to Himself. 

3. Build - quality relationships with the people around you.  You may be insecure or shy, but occasionally inviting someone to eat with you or even just spending a couple minutes listening to them can build trust over time.  Only by building trust, do you earn the right to speak into their lives.

4. Speak - into the lives of those around you.  Listen to their stories and learn who they really are and what they struggles are.  Weave the story of Jesus into the conversation, but don't try to push them.  Be respectful, but don't fail to speak the Gospel in a way that touches their place of need.

Is it possible that God is calling you into a deeper experience of faith?  Your faith grows when you begin to follow Jesus wherever he leads you.  Some of my greatest mountain top experiences in faith haven't been when I received a personal blessing from God for myself, but when I was able to see Christ work through me to reach someone else.  Consider taking the next step today in your faith journey. What are you waiting for?