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Missions- It's so Hot!!!!!
But most believers think it's not.
Why is that? I am convinced it is because they get no warm and fuzzy feelings from being committed to missions because of selfishness. Think about it. Missions requires thinking of others, being committed and denying self. Talk about missions to someone or a group of believers and watch their eyes begin to glaze over. Heads turn and yawns start arising!!!! But missions really are Hot!!! You can't be lukewarm when you get involved in missions. You have to be on fire for the LORD and be willing to serve in any way that is needed. No selfish pride can get in the way of serving God and others because it's not about you. It's about Jesus and about others coming to know Him.
The REAL TRUTH about the HOTNESSS of MISSIONS
If you want to grow in your walk with the LORD in ways you have never grown before, missions is the place to do that. It's the place to be if you really want to see Him at work. But I am convinced many in the church today have come to inwardly think of missions as too much of a commitment that will take time away from their so called "good life." Inwardly, they fear they aren't equipped and therefore haven't arrived to being able to get involved in missions. But that's not biblical. That's selfish. The thought is focused on self and not at all on God. Another reason believers aren't involved in missions is because they aren't burdened for non-believers. They think it's hopeless and why bother to get involved or pray. Missions isn't easy. Many times you don't SEE the results. But we are still supposed to sow seeds of truth over non-believers hearts around us. Last, I think believers procrastinate. They know they should get involved in missions but fall into the line of thinking that they will do it 'tomorrow.' When in reality, there is no better time to get involved than today.
God is able to Help YOU
2 Timothy 2:21 says, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." I love the phrase, "in all things at all times" because that tells me that no matter where I am God will help me abound in good works for Him. There is no place beyond His reach and nothing I do for Him that He won't help me with.
God Has Work for YOU to DO
2 Timothy 2:21 says,"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." God has work for believers to do. Somewhere along the way we think we just need to go to church and come home. Scripture tells us He has works for us to do which he has prepared in advance. When we say "no" to missions and service we are forfeiting a God given plan and blessing.
TEST Your HOTNESS FOR MISSIONS
- When was the last time you prayed for missions across the world?
- Is there a missionary you know serving in an area of the nation or world? If so, do you pray for him or her continually? Do you open your home to missionaries?
- Do you know what missions your church is supporting? Do you support them? How do you support them?
- Have you made getting involved in missions in your church a priority in your life? In your family? Or is missions something you know you should do but haven't gotten around to it yet?
- Do you know someone who doesn't know Jesus? Do you pray for them? Have you reached out to them through building a relationship with them?
Getting involved in missions requires a willingness to be used by God and a commitment to seeing it through. You could send money or follow through by helping a mission by providing for a need they may have. It may be physically going on a mission trip for a week or even long term. It could be sending a non-believer a birthday card or inviting them over for dinner. There are always opportunities for missions all around you.
We were made for missions. God made believers to be able to "go and tell."
Pray for a desire to get involved in missions.
Get involved in Missions.
Be willing to serve and willing to pray.
And watch your walk with God GROW!!!!!!!