Are You a Missionary?

September 1, 2008

I love missionaries. I am so proud of those who move far from their loved ones, learn other languages, and spend their lives bringing others to Jesus. I was recently telling my grandfather how I would love to be a missionary when he said the oddest thing, “You are a missionary!” I was taken aback for a moment when I reminded him that I wasn’t a missionary. I’ve never learned another language (My friends can attest to the fact that I’m not that great with English), I’ve only been out of the country once and that was for my brother’s wedding (not for a mission trip), and no one has ever mistaken me for a missionary. Then my grandfather enlightened me.

He reminded me that I have children. Yes, one could hardly understand how I could ever forget that I have five children (even with all the therapy and mind numbing drugs ((Just kidding)). My husband and I are proud of all of our children and especially proud to say that two have obeyed the Gospel and become Christians. Grandpa explained that I can be a missionary to my children, teaching them by word and example how important Jesus is. I am their personal missionary and what an awesome responsibility that is!

He reminded me that I have a job and even in the workplace I can be a missionary. Sure I may not be able to go to work everyday with my Bible and an outline of a sermon, but I can show others Jesus by the way that I live and the choices that I make. What a wonderful opportunity to impact others for Jesus. Grandpa’s right, maybe I can influence those I work with by what I say and do (or don’t say and don’t do).

He mentioned the wonderful friends I have. Some friends I’ve had for many, many years and some I’ve known for only a few months. Some are close, personal friends (you know the ones that know all the embarrassing stories from your childhood) and some I’ve only met on-line (and may never meet face to face this side of Heaven). Grandpa reminded me that I can teach and encourage my friends to live more meaningful lives for Jesus. He said that I didn’t have to move to the other side of the world to be a missionary. I can be one right here, right now.

I still think the world of missionaries. I’m impressed by the great strides they’ve taken for Christ and His church and in awe of their love for others and their great faith, however, each of us has an opportunity to bring others to Jesus. It may be in our families. It may be in our workplaces or it may be in the grocery store, the gas station, the library or while having coffee with friends. We are all missionaries. We have been given the greatest gift of all time, the gift of salvation and it’s about time we start sharing it with others.

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  •    TREY MORGAN  |  September 1st, 2008 at 12:12 pm     Reply

    The ministry of motherhood is a great one with great responsiblity. You do it well.

    Someone asked me if I ever plan to do mission work, I told them I do. I do mission work everyday when I step out into the community.

    Whether parenting or simply living, live the life of a missionary

  •    David Kirk  |  September 5th, 2008 at 5:52 pm     Reply

    Mothers are great ministers and missionaries .. and grossly underpaid! Have a great weekend!

  •    Stoned-Campbell Disciple  |  September 6th, 2008 at 3:33 am     Reply

    I salute you…moms are great.

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