Living a Life on Mission
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart.”
- Neil Anderson
Did you know that we are all called to be missionaries every day? The average person has a mental construct of missionary work being abroad in the jungles of some third-world country replete with sleeping on dirt floors, eating little to no food, and keeping an eye out for wild animals with whom you may temporarily share living quarters. Let me challenge you, however, to actively renovate your paradigm concerning the work of the missionary. The work of the missionary, in the life of the believer, can occur in everyday circumstances. This is what I call being an “Everyday Missionary”.
An Everyday Missionary is a missionary at ALL TIMES, to ALL PEOPLE, in ALL PLACES, to the end that God receives ALL OF THE GLORY! This means that we actively share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in words and deeds in every context of our lives, at every given moment, and to anyone with whom we come into contact. You don’t have to be called to international missions to be a missionary, but you can be an Everyday Missionary right in the center of your individual local context effectively sharing the Gospel.
An Everyday Missionary lives their lives on mission at all times and in every context of life! This means we are always witnessing and testifying of our Christian faith even when we aren’t aware that we are being observed.
As Everyday Missionaries we must be cognizant that there are men and women who will never set foot inside of a church yet they are watching our lives. They are watching how we respond to adversity. They are watching how we navigate our marital and family relationships. They are watching how we engage with society and how we conduct ourselves civically. In other words, we through the commonplace activities of our lives serve as “living epistles” that are being read through observation every day.
When we become aware that our lives are literally being “read” every day it should prompt us to conduct our lives in a way that consistently draws men and women to Jesus Christ. There should be something about the way that we conduct ourselves that confirms that we have been with Christ. Even when the context is a contradictory one, there should be something about the way that we handle adversity that attests that we are sons and daughters of God and serves as an access point by which we can actively share the Gospel!
Make a decision today to live your life on mission at all times knowing that it glorifies our Heavenly Father!
Dr. Craig L. Oliver
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posted by Cynthia K. Johnson
Monday, 12 March 2018 09:32
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What an exceptional message. Contemplating my personal moments of adversity, family relationships, etc., regretfully, I have not 'always' reflected the image of Christ. I agree; some individuals who won't attend church are very observant of Christians' actions while hanging onto every word spoken. Pastor Oliver, as a Doctor of Theology, you definitely present spiritual medicine fit to repair the heart and mind of any follower of Christ who is oblivious to what it means to be a true missionary. Each day is absolutely an opportunity to be an Everyday Missionary.