by Darla Noble
Jesus therefore said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
We generally think of missionaries as ‘those people’ who leave their home, family, and all their worldly possessions behind to live in remote parts of the world so that they can teach others about Jesus. And that is correct. Many missionaries do just that. But this isn’t the only type of mission work there is.
You, too, are a missionary. Just before He returned to heaven Jesus instructed each of us to go into ALL the world. The word ‘all’ includes your neighborhood, the people you work with, the really sweet girl who grooms your dog, your child’s soccer coach, the old man behind the counter at the dry cleaners, the kid behind the fast-food counter who is only there for the money, and everyone else you come in contact with.
We are all missionaries—called to use the talents and abilities God has given us to show the love and hope given to us by God through Jesus. You may be the only Jesus some people ever see, so make sure you paint Him in the most perfect light possible.
Pray: God, train my eyes to see the world around me as my mission field. Give me the hands, feet, heart, and mind to be a Gospel-sharer with those around me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.