My Mission Is Not Just In a Third World Country

June 2, 2017

The date is getting closer.

This is actually becoming real. I keep saying that,but really it is crazy how fast time is flying.

I will be leaving for Guatemala in 21days, and my heart could not be any happier.

I have been really encouraged by the sweet humans on my team.

Each of them, so bright, so wonderful.

Each have stories.

Each have heartbreak yet each have the obedience to "go out into the world and tell everyone the good news". When I say the world, I don't just mean Guatemala. They each tell the good news in their homes, community, churches.

Not everyone is called to foreign missions, but everyone is called to missions.

Our mission: teach the Gospel, be a reflection of Christ's love, and do life with people.

Oh, when our Jesus said "go", He meant "go".

Our outreach starts in our homes with the people we call family, It then branches off to the friends we invest in. It leads to the church that we pour into. My mission does not start when my feet land in Guatemala. It started when I said "hey God, I want to serve You".

Sometimes, it will be scary. It'll be scary when we feel the tug on our hearts to talk to the stranger who you feel led to go talk to. It will be scary when you have the heart to heart with a family member who's back has been turned from your for years. When fear rules our life, we quickly forget the greatness of our fearless Father.

Romans 8:31-39 // "Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Do me a favor and go over and re-read the Goliath story.

There is a giant called fear, but just like Goliath, it can be defeated. When our pride falls from our hearts and with our hands, we give Christ those three stones.

Of our church, a huge percentage is not sharing the Word outside of the building, outside of youth events, or church concerts. Can you guess why? Fear.

I have been fearful. Even in my old Christian school, I was crippled by fear and conformism. I was too afraid of the peers around me -- the judgement of a world I poured myself into.

Romans 12:2 // "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."

The pattern. The pattern is letting the world bully you and taking the Word for granted. The pattern is seeking the World's approval instead of God's. And repeat.

It's a trap.

Yep, another snare in Satan's arsenal, but let us not be too quick to cast the blame. Know where your intentions are. Know where your worth is coming from. Know your mission.

You don't have to change the world. We have a God who already did that. Start small. Start with your own heart.Start with extended grace to yourself and others. Let your life do the talking. Pour yourself into the church. Surround yourself with encourages. Pray for a mentor. Be a mentor. My fear of being under-qualified also perpetrated my walk with Christ.

I rooted myself in self-doubt therefore I was growing in that. Oh, love. Know where your worth lies. It most certainly does not lie in this world but outside of it. We are equipped, because He is equips us. Daily, I have to repeat this. I am enough, because He is enough.

We are commanded to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9).  That looks like knocking yourself down a peg. Giving the throne to Christ. Running to the throne room to His feet.

We are all vessels -- all different, but serve the same purpose of giving back the glory to our well-deserved Father. Obedience along with faith are the only possessions you need to carry. Put fear away. In fact, bury it. Six feet under. Well, deeper. Even deeper.

Rest in this. Jesus is not going to leave you hanging. He is not going to hold you to the standards that this world sets. The judgement here on this earth are not eternal. The Good News is what we are sharing -- the news of freedom and chains breaking. It's pretty humbling that God chose us to share that.

So I am packing my bags. Leaving these giants behind me. 

Guatemala, see you soon.

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