In the Bible, it says all believers are called to preach the Gospel, which is the good news of Jesus dying for our sins on the cross and rising again, defeating sin and death and proving He was the Son of God and the Word in flesh (John 1/John 3).
Not necessarily everyone is called to the mission field of travel—for example, let’s say in a foreign country—but may be called to be a light and spread the Gospel in their hometown and their neighborhood. If we want to be literal with the Bible, then yes, everyone should and would be able to receive the call of “The Great Commission,” which is what Jesus shared with the disciples (Matthew 28:16-20):
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
When I say called to missions, I am referring to traveling to third world countries and places such as the 10/40 Window, where the Gospel has never been preached. Some rural places in the world are very far, are difficult to share with because of language barriers and require a translator, require inoculations for protection from disease and can be quite expensive. You want to cover all of your bases and make sure you are hearing the Lord’s voice (John 10) regarding missions. Of course, God knows your heart and essentially everyone who is a Christ follower should share the good news, but that may not mean across the other side of the world for every single person.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)
Here are some signs you could be called to mission work:
1. You enjoy traveling: This is kind of a key factor in foreign missions because it typically will require a flight, and also may be long days with jet lag and different food and cultures. If you don’t like any of these things, missions abroad may not be for you.
2. You are evangelistic: You are willing to share the Gospel of Jesus with people and understand why God sent His son to die for a dying world. You desire to share the news with people and it is your calling.
3. You are bold and unashamed: Any 116 Clique fans (Romans 1:16/Reach Records)? I thought there were some Lecrae fans out there…well, if you are like the 116 group and you are UNASHAMED of this message, you may want to consider going on a trip to share with your church.
4. You are passionate about God’s Word: You love reading God’s Word, and you want to share the bread of life with people who are spiritually starving. You are already qualified by being God’s child, but it doesn’t hurt that you know and study the Bible regularly…you would LOVE missions!
5. You are easygoing and flexible and can go with the flow: On mission trips, it’s all about teams and being open to what God has for your trip. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and you need to change something or need to stay somewhere or flights are delayed. If you think you can handle the travel, you should look into going on a trip abroad with your youth group or church.
6. You are team-oriented: You have a positive attitude, work well with others, enjoy being a leader or can follow instruction, are loving and compassionate, and try to be selfless. Mission groups require that everyone respect and honor one another and be the light of Christ to the world. Working in a group can challenge you at times, but overall, if you think you’re a good sport and team player, then pray about going.
7. You are philanthropic: You love to help people and enjoy serving or volunteering to assist those in need. You love charity organizations and raising funds for those who are less fortunate. You pray for the people around the world who have less than you and who need clothing, food and shelter.
8. You are a builder: You love to build people up, encourage, pray for and uplift. You may even have literal skill sets such as architecture, building and planning. These skills are gifts from God to bless others! Maybe you can ask God if he wants you to contribute some of those gifts not to only your local outreach groups, but even further.
9. You love to meet new people: You love to socialize, mingle, talk with and meet new people. You love to go to Bible studies and events, and love to celebrate others. You are going to love meeting new people you can reach for the sake of the Word and the Gospel being preached to the ends of the earth!
10. You love diverse cultures: Do you love new foods, cultures, cities, customs and people? Then you may want to consider going to a foreign country with your church. It will be exciting trying other ethnic foods and/or just hanging out with new people who may not be exactly like what you are used to. God made us in all different shapes, sizes and ethnicities! If you love diverse cultures and learning new things, missions may be up your alley!
PI Girls, have you ever been on a missions trip before? Would you go to a foreign land to share the good news of Jesus Christ? Comment below!