What comes to your mind first when you hear “missionary”? Many Christians think of missions as something for “elite” Christians…sort of like the Navy Seals. Having been around missionaries and traveled on many mission trips, I would like to unwrap some of the “mystique” about being a missionary. In John 9 we read the amazing account of Jesus healing a man blind from birth. Jesus said of this act of compassion and power, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4). Simply defined, the mission of Jesus was participation in the daily work planned and assigned by God. As the great missionary, Jesus allowed the Spirit to lead Him to do actions which brought glory to the Father and enhanced the kingdom of God. Where am I going with this? Every believer is called to do the work of God. A “missionary” is more than just someone who speaks at special services, travels a long distance and raises funds for the mission. God has no “unemployment office;” there is a mission for your life. If you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, you too can do the work of God. As you love one another, speak words of truth, do your work with excellence, and care for those in need, you are doing the same work as a missionary. You may not be called to move to another country, but you can participate in the work of God right where you are today. You are a “one-of-a-kind” missionary because only you can live your life. Do what God calls you to do today—no matter how simple or mundane it may seem. And, remember, the window of ministry doesn’t always stay open. Jesus reminds us, “Night is coming, when no one can work” (v. 4b). My prayer is that our emphasis on missions stirs you to do God’s mission for you!
Pastor Mark Boucher