Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. –1 Corinthians 1:26,27
Some people call me pastor. That at least is what it says on my business cards and on the church website. But my wife and I, we like to think of ourselves as missionaries. I’m a missionary in Albany, NY. When you think missions you don’t think Albany, NY. But we live in the 2nd least Christian city in America. I meet people in here who have never had anyone tell them about Jesus, while others have never read the Bible. Most have never been to church and those who have gone still have never heard the message of the gospel.
Once I was in a bar and I started sharing the gospel with a guy and he told me if I didn’t shut it he was going to “punch me in the face.” (If you have never been uppercutted for the gospel maybe we aren’t telling it right.)
MISSIONS IS SEXY
Missions are sexy. Oftentimes those who grow up in church dream of being a missionary in Africa or Haiti. We sell cookies and wash cars to raise money to go to Mexico– all the while ignoring our lost friends at school, work, and even in our own family.
You can’t possibly go to the whole world or some other country and tell people about Jesus when you don’t even tell them here.
HOME IS THE HARDEST MISSION FIELD
What makes you think you can engage in another culture when you are not effective in your own? Our homes are the hardest mission fields. People know us at home. They know our secrets. They know our failures, our weaknesses, and insecurities. I know how easy it is for people to think about how two-faced and hypocritical Christians are because they have seen me struggle for years.
THOSE WHO KNOW IT BEST
Remember, God chose the weak to overcome the strong. God chose the foolish to shame the wise. Your weakness is evidence of the power of God, which is salvation. Your story of sin and grace is best lived in front of those who witness it firsthand.
We cannot be successful in foreign missions if we are not living a missional life at home. How can you expect to tell people about Jesus then if you aren’t telling them now?
5 STEPS TO LIVING A MISSIONAL LIFE AT HOME
1. Pray: Thank God for saving you from your sin by His grace. Ask Him to show you opportunities to share His love with those closest to you and give you the boldness to be His witness
2. Repent: Always be mindful of your actions and words. Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we don’t sin. First, repent to God then repent to those around you. Admit your failures; do not try and hide them but let God use them to show the power of repentance and forgiveness through the grace of Jesus.
3. Read: Read your Bible. People aren’t dumb. Most likely they have gone to college or been on YouTube and have a lot of arguments and complaints about faith. Be ready to give an answer for why you believe and be able to back it up scripturally.
4. Love: The biggest complaint from nonbelievers about Christians is that we are judgmental. While a statement like this may be judgmental on their behalf, we are still called to love as Christ loves regardless. Take a friend out for coffee or lunch and love them. Ask them about their day, pay for their meal, and guaranteed you will have an opportunity to share the gospel.
5. Speak: Most people think you can preach the gospel without actually preaching. This is wrong. You have to open your mouth and tell people about Jesus. If you think that you can just be a good person and eventually they will become Christians you’re delusional. The bible tells us to walk the walk and talk the talk.
WHAT WILL BRING GOD THE MOST GLORY?
If God chose you, what makes you think He did not choose them also? If He did it for you He can do it for them. God is all about glory. What will bring God the most glory? You will.