Missions . . . To Go, Please

missions every day

“Thanks for the prayers!” The text was short and sweet, but the message was clear. Tracy knew she was making a difference in Melissa’s life. Melissa had delivered mail to Tracy for 3 years and throughout that time, Tracy made a deliberate effort to build a relationship with the postal worker. She made sure Melissa knew about her trust in God and witnessed to her on several occasions. Melissa hasn’t yet made a decision to trust God, but the text from her showed Tracy that she is planting seeds right in her own front yard.

Often we think mission opportunities must be planned weeks—even months—in advance. Our idea of missions is limited to volunteering once a month at the local food bank or going annually to Haiti. No doubt, these times are very important, but are we so focused on planning for 1 special mission event that we miss the opportunities we have every day?

Julie wakes every morning with a prayer, “Lord, guide my steps today and give me an opportunity to be a witness for You.” By giving her day to God, her mind-set is changed. Interruptions are no longer inconvenient problems that get her offtrack. Unexpected phone calls or visitors are now viewed as opportunities to be a missionary.

In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus gave us the responsibility to go out and make disciples, but He didn’t put time restraints on this mandate. He wasn’t telling us to go only once a year to a foreign country. In fact, this passage could also be read, “As you are going about your daily life, make disciples.” Reading the passage this way implies not a one-time event but a continuous effort every day to enlarge God’s kingdom.

Tracy makes an effort to enlarge God’s kingdom when someone comes to her door. Julie views interruptions as opportunities to share Christ’s love. Where do you go every day? Who do you see? Missions isn’t just going to a new place; it’s shining the light of Christ everywhere you go.

Think About This

  • Invite your neighbors over for coffee or to share a meal. Ask questions about their faith.
  • Ask the server at your favorite restaurant how you can pray for her.
  • Look for someone who needs a word of encouragement when you are stuck in line at the grocery store.
  • Strike up a conversation with another parent while waiting for your children to get out of ballet class or baseball practice. Find out how you can pray for his or her family.
  • Volunteer at your child’s school. Pray as you walk the halls of the school.
  • Speak words of encouragement at work. Put Scripture on your desk or the walls of your office. Pray for your co-workers.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

Christy Bell is a freelance writer living in Talladega, Alabama.

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