Jesus tells us:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe 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 28:19-20
My experiences in missions:
Mexico – God is not American
Nicaragua – The ties of Christ break through all cultural and language barriers to allow us to love and worship together. All peoples from all places have the same struggles and a deep need for Christ.
Philippines – What it means to be a World Christian – to be a minister in my home town, around the world, no matter where I am.
1. We all have a calling to missions
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
“Is it not absurd to suggest that a special call is necessary to become a missionary, but no call is required to gratify his own will or personal ambition?” (World Christian)
You are called to be a witness near and far. That doesn’t mean that everyone will go full time and be a missionary overseas. (Though I believe everyone should go overseas at least once. It completely changes your heart!) But that does mean that EVERYONE is to be a missionary where they are.
We were put in this place where we are for a purpose. God wants us to minister.
We have so many needs right here in Norman, on our campus and God is at work. He wants us to join Him in His work.
What does it look like to minister? We have to look at God’s heart and we have to look at our own hearts.
2. God’s heart
His heart is for the hurting and broken. Jesus reached out not to the religious leaders, but to the prostitutes, to the paralyzed, to the outcasts; in our society I believe that would be the drug dealers, the whores, the homeless, the criminals: 1,500 homeless people in the OKC area in 2009
His heart is for the orphans and widows: 4,628 children in Oklahoma are waiting to be adopted
James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
His heart is for the nations. Since creation, God has been interested in redeeming all peoples (all nations) to Himself. This message permeates every book of the Bible. We’ve already seen:
Matthew 28:19-20 – make disciples of all nations
Acts 1:8 – to the ends of the earth
Mark 16:15 – preach the good news to all creation
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'” Revelation 7:9-10
“America is hosting the largest number of internationals of any country and the world is at our doorstep. Over 650,000 internationals from over 188 countries are studying here….Sadly, as available as this ministry is to college students, it’s going sorely overlooked. Did you know that 80% of international students on your campus will never be invited into an American home?” (World Christian)
“The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:34
His heart is for the hurting and broken, the orphans and widows and the nations. Our hearts should be where God’s heart is.
**Hosanna by Hillsong**
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to Eternity
3. Our hearts
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
What has God done for you? He has SAVED US! And if He truly has saved us, why would we not want to tell the world?
It’s as if God is saying, “The thing that has happened to you – go make it happen for others. The freedom from oppression that you are now experiencing – help others experience that same freedom. The grace that has been extended to you when you were at your lowest – extend it to others. In the same way that I heard your cry, go and hear the cry of others and act on their behalf.” – Rob Bell
And if we are the Christians we claim to be, why are we not reaching out like we have been called to do?
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:13-15
“Some Christians are asleep, some are on retreat, and some are determined to stand in the gap where billions await the opportunity to hear of Christ for the first time. Some are heading into the heat of the battle while others are hiding in fear. Many move along slowly, because of unbelief or personal interest and ambitions. Others run the race before them setting no limits on how, where, or among whom God will use them.
Some have a small worldview and also view of their God as being small. They don’t know about the unreached, and they don’t care! Others are ready to reach out with God’s love to the ends of the earth. They are determined to make Christ’s global cause the focus of who they are and all they do. They are surrendered to Christ; they are willing to be broken and remolded to fit into God’s plan wherever they can make the most strategic impact.”
Which one are you going to be?
**This Devo was written and shared for the women of Sigma Phi Lambda