So often individuals in the church hear the word ‘missions’ and think of trips overseas to help orphans and villages that have never heard the name of Christ. This is definitely an aspect of being on missions, but Jesus didn’t just limit us to far away places. You can be on mission right where you already are.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus promises the disciples the Holy Spirit and tells them to be His “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” So yes, the ends of the earth is a part of His commission, but we often forget that Jesus mentions Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria as well. Jerusalem is reference to the place right were you are. Judea is the area surrounding Jerusalem, resembling your community or your city. Geographically, Samaria was right between Jerusalem and Judea and a ‘good’ Jew would not pass through Samaria, because they were ‘unclean’ and not ‘as good as’ the Jews of Jerusalem. So I’ve heard Samaria being compared to the places or people you would not generally associate with or that you even consider your enemy. So essential, Christ calls us to be on mission right where we are, the surrounding areas, where we aren’t accepted or loved, and to the ends of the earth. My point is that you don’t have to be overseas to be on mission for the Lord.
I’m going to talk about being on mission in the workplace. This is something that can easily be applied to most of us and is probably the most commonly overlooked area in Christians today. Many in the Church today (including myself at times) have a tendency to compartmentalize the areas of their life. We’ve got home, work, church, and social all separated. The truth is, if we truly believe that Christianity is suppose to be a lifestyle and that He has made us a new creation, not just for Sundays, then Christ is to be our all and in all. That includes your workplace.
I am owner and photographer of Wahlman Photography and for a long time I hadn’t considered how I could use my profession as a mission field. But when I finally thought about it and asked God, I realized that as a primarily wedding and portrait photographer, I was constantly dealing with people, the very apple of God’s eye. I get the chance to work with couples, families, individuals, and those getting married. What better opportunity for me to affirm them in the beauty of the way God created them and share Christ’s love. I may get the chance to share what biblical matrimony is to those getting married and God may use it to set a foundation for their marriage. Doing senior portraits, I can speak into the influential lives of the individuals about to embark on a new stage of life – college. I’ve got so many ways that I could use my career for the purpose of Christ’s kingdom.
I’ll guarantee that if you apply yourself and ask God for guidance, you’ll find a way to be on mission regardless of what you do. Whether you’re a salesman, business man, architect, truck driver, or plumber, you can find ways to glorify God. When you wake up in the morning, offer yourself as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Ask God each day how you attitude and actions can proclaim Christ at work.
I implore you brothers and sisters to be men and women driven by the kingdom’s purpose. He wouldn’t have commanded you to glorify Him in all you do (Col 3:17, 23) if it wasn’t possible. Ask God and seek out how you can live on mission in ever aspect of your life. The next step is doing. “Glorify” is a verb. “Love” is a verb. “Go” is a verb. “Witness” is a verb. Being on mission is a lifestyle of action and the time to start is today.