After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field..”. – Luke 10:1-2
In Luke 10 Jesus is sending out 72 of His followers ahead of Him into various cities. He is sending them to preach and show the message of Christ. They are able to perform miracles and tell those cities about Jesus. The 72 come back amazed at what they have seen God accomplish; they, “Even the demons submit to us in Your name.” Do you see it? They didn’t stay home where they were comfortable; they left the comfort of their homes and went out “into His harvest.” And they had a chance to witness amazing things that they would have missed if they had resisted.
I know what you are thinking, “Here comes a push for missions.” You would be correct but I want you to rethink what missions is. Most often when the word missions gets mentioned, people immediately think about some foreign country and sharing the Gospel overseas. That is certainly one aspect, and currently we have Pablo, Bethany, and Carolina in Romania serving as missionaries, and we hope to send a team at some point to help in their ministry. Another thought you might have is the summer Missions Trip to Cherokee, NC. This is a great opportunity to share the Gospel and encourage the people in Cherokee with the love of God. Both involve getting out of our comfort zones. But what if missions is even bigger than those two places?
Throughout the Bible the idea is always to “go” somewhere, not stay. I’m not saying that go means Romania or Cherokee, although it could. Maybe your “go” is a ministry in Baltimore City, or maybe your child’s PTA at school, or maybe it’s coaching in the local sports programs, or maybe it’s your neighborhood, or your family. Those places can be just as much out of our comfort zones, if not more. What amazing things will we miss seeing God do if we resist His call?
The point I hope we all get is that missions is really a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week thing. Any time you walk out your door, any time you leave church on a Sunday you are entering the mission field. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Our faith is not just about Sunday 10:30am till 12:00pm; it is about what we also do with the remaining time.
What does God want you to do for Him today, tomorrow, and the next day? How can you share and show the Gospel to the people God has in your life? What community activities could you get involved in? Where does God want you to go? What can you do at work? Answering these questions can begin to form your mission field. It is easy to stay where we are comfortable, but God isn’t calling us to stay and be comfortable. He is calling is to “go”