September 27, 2012
By Cissie Graham Lynch
In the last few years, I have had many people ask me about missions. I am always amused when someone wants my opinion, because I always feel too under-qualified to offer it. Many people want to know what they can do, where they can go, or if God has called them to the mission field.
My response is always the same, and this goes for you, as well. We are all called to missions. Don’t always be so eager to go to some far off land to serve the Lord. We are all on a mission field each and every day. We might not all be called to extreme conditions such as tropical rainforests or African deserts, but that doesn’t mean to minimize where God has you currently.
God may be calling some of you to international missions. If you feel that call, that is something you should pray about. But, for many of you, your mission field might be corporate meetings, classrooms, PTO meetings, sports fields, neighborhoods, gyms, grocery stores, and anywhere else we go during our daily routines. Our mission fields change during each chapter of our lives. We shouldn’t miss these opportunities right where God has currently placed us.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (NIV) When you are out eating in a restaurant, are you kind to your server? When you are getting your daily latte at the local coffee shop, do you engage your barista? Do you respect your neighbors? Do you lend a helping hand to your friend? When you are in the school cafeteria, do you ever sit with the person who looks lonely?
My husband and I are currently serving in a unique mission field, the NFL. It is quite different than the other “mission fields” I have experienced, and it certainly has its challenges. My heart longs for us to serve the Lord permanently alongside my dad as he travels the world, but while my husband Corey plays football, I’ll do all I can to make an impact where I am.
Is your heart content with where He has you right now? Are you trusting Him? Are you honoring the Lord in all you do? Are you making the most of every opportunity that comes your way?
I currently work with an online ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called RANSOM. On the website, we encourage people to share their stories of how Jesus Christ ransomed them. And after doing so, we challenge them to share it with others. Because “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16 NIV).
You also are on a mission field daily. You never know when an act of kindness one day can turn in to a conversation to share the Gospel another day. It could be your server, barista, classmate, colleague, neighbor, or friend.
Start praying right now for opportunities to build your relationships with the people on your mission field. Pray for open hearts to the Gospel. Pray for boldness to speak of Christ’s love for them. Then plan to invite them to watch the My Hope with Billy Graham TV program with you next year. After the program share how God ransomed you, and give an invitation to pray to receive Christ. Simple steps, but with prayer, they yield powerful results.
Remember, God asked us to speak the Gospel. Don’t worry what others might think, how awkward it might be, or worry about rejection. He will honor you and take care of the rest.