Have you ever thought about whether God has called you to be missionary? What does it even mean to be a missionary? Is it only a term that can be used by those God calls to a foreign country to work at an orphanage or spend all their time on the streets sharing the Gospel? I know I’ve thought those thoughts, and if you’re a Christian, you most likely have, too.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says. In Matthew 28:18-20 we find The Great Commission:
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.”
If we define the term missionary as a person who is sent, then we can all use the term to describe ourselves, and rightly so. Unlike common belief, it’s not called “The Great Suggestion,” but “The Great Commission.” Therefore, it’s something God has called us all to do. Not just some people. We are all called to know God and to make Him known among all people and nations. We as the church are God’s plan A to reach people and the nations, and there is no plan B. Not anywhere in Scripture is a plan B found.
Does that mean we are all called to sell all our belongings, leave our family and friends, and go into other nations?
No. Of course not all. If we all went, there would be no one left to influence the culture we have grown up in, and there would be no one to financially support those going abroad. Being a missionary is about so much more than geography—it’s about seeing everything you do as an opportunity to serve God and therefore as ministry. It can be in any location and in every school and job. It can be through your family, your church, education, media, arts and entertainment, business, science, technology and so much more. Anywhere you are, you can be used by God to further God’s Kingdom. And the good news is that wherever you go, obeying what God has called to do, He will be found and His presence will be with you. That’s what God promises in Matthew 28:20.
So, dear sister, will you join me in this mission? A good thing is also to start praying for guidance and clarity in where God calls you and how you can be a part of fulfilling The Great Commission.
“There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient.” —John Piper
Other Scriptures to read on this topic: Mark 16:15, Acts 13:47, Romans 10:13-14, Psalm 96:3