Be a missionary right where you are

I’m hearing of more people who want to go to a foreign country to be a missionary. There really is no need to pack up and go far away as there is so much to do in one’s own city. Just take a look and you can find:

  • schools and afterschool programs that need help with children
  • food banks and soup kitchens need help to feed the hungry
  • homeless shelters need volunteers for all sorts of jobs
  • women’s homes, trafficking agencies, are helping with the slaves on the streets, the battered in the homes
  • the foreigner, the widow, the orphan are all on your doorstep

Seek out agencies that need help. See where you fit with your gifts and passions. You need not leave your home to be a missionary. You only need to seek the will of God.

God knows

God knows what you need before you even ask.

Prayer is not a way for us to let God know what we need, but rather a way to experience God more intimately. Experiencing God’s loving provision. Experiencing God through prayer as He provides. Experiencing our reflection in God’s word. Experiencing God’s hand on our life.

God knows better than we do what we need and what is best for us. He is prepared to provide for every need.

About your work

Jesus says

  • you don’t need fancy equipment
  • keep it simple
  • live in a modest place and be comfortable there
  • if you’re not welcome, move on without making a scene
  • tell the good news
  • heal the sick
  • graciously welcome those who seek you
  • feed the hungry
  • don’t run from suffering
  • don’t be embarrassed
  • be an ally of Christ
  • do not procrastinate

 

Connections

We are all connected through God.

Everything you do or think or feel has to do with God.

Every person you meet is connected to God.

All the connections have consequences either in things or in people. All the consequences come together in God.

The root of a truly spiritual life in embedded in relationships between people and God.

You cannot profess faith in God without being in relationship, daily, with God’s creation, His people.

The way you treat people has everything to do with God.

The refugees on our doorstep

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children were caught trying to cross the southern U.S. border in the first five months of this year. Between 60,000 to 90,000 such children are expected to have crossed by the end of 2014, and more than 140,000 are expected next year, according to the White House. That’s more than double the 24,668 that flowed across last year and triple the 13,625 children that came in 2012. P. J. TOBIA for PBS Newshour

The United States stands at a threshold. We either turn away these children and let them wander back to where they may be killed or otherwise harmed, or we take them in and take care of them. The camp in divided, but it should not be. God tells us to take care of the immigrant, to care for the refugee, because we are all immigrants traveling through this life.

What happens if we turn them back? The sixteenth chapter of the book of Ezekial speaks about what happened to Sodom when it ignored and oppressed the poor:

49-50 “‘The sin of your sister Sodom was this: She lived with her daughters in the lap of luxury—proud, gluttonous, and lazy. They ignored the oppressed and the poor. They put on airs and lived obscene lives. And you know what happened: I did away with them.”

The new testament also has a warning to us. The rich man in Luke 16 ignored the homeless man that was at his doorstep: 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

We live in luxury in the United States. We are obese. We consume more than other countries. Yet, we have extreme poverty in our own country. How will we answer God when we are called? How will we explain our treatment of our fellow man? How will God judge us?

Go and sin no more

Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.

It takes one to know one.

Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection of your own crimes and misdemeanors.

God sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.

Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.

Forget about what has happened.

Quit reliving old history.

Be alert, be present to what God will do now.

Bring offerings; make sacrifices.

Stop the sinning which you so generously do.

Be energetic and devout when you pray

Oh Lord, listen to the prayers I pray.

Forgive my sin.

Help me to turn to You in my need.

All things come from You, oh God.

Train me to live right and well.

Send rain on my land so the crops will grow.

You know my life from the inside out.

Forgive me and give me what I need.

Help the immigrant who has come to seek assistance and a new life. Hear his prayer, too, oh Lord, and answer from heaven.

Let my hours be fruitful for the work You have assigned to me.

Let my praises ring true for the blessings you have bestowed.

Thank you, Lord.

Bless me this day.

Amen

People or projects?

Our actions will reveal just how much we believe in Him.

God never leads His people where He does not adequately and fully provide.

People are more important than projects.

Trust steadily in God.

Hope unswervingly.

Love extravagantly.

Proclaim God’s truth to others.

God is gracious; God is generous.

So, how are you living?