Yesterday in church we talked about missions. Our pastor is truly led by the Lord and he always manages to capture my heart during his sermons.
We talked about mission trips that groups from the church were taking and a husband/wife missionary couple spoke to us about the work they were currently doing in Guatemala. But we also talked about the mission work that can be done right HERE...in our own city, with our own people. One of the major points in the sermon was that mission work can be anywhere. We don't have to go to a foreign country to be disciples of the Lord. We should be missionaries and disciples right here, in our neighborhoods, our schools, our jobs, our grocery stores...everywhere. In fact, as Christians we are actually commanded to do so!
We focused on this verse during the sermon. This is God commanding us to GO and make disciples of all of his people. It doesn't say "some should go" or "a few will go," it just says go. Obviously God doesn't call everyone to a life of mission work in a foreign country, but He does call us ALL to a life of mission work wherever we may be.
And it's definitely not easy. I'm not saying that. I feel like I'm terrible at witnessing for God. I get really awkward and say things that sometimes don't make sense. And I guess I've kinda used that as my excuse. As in "I'm not good at witnessing, it's not my calling." Well, guess what Meg (yes, I'm referring to myself in the third person), total wake up call today. Whether I feel good at it or not, I am called to GO in the name of God, to share in the name of God, to do whatever I can to save others in the name of God.
A nursing school mission trip to Mexico.
I think this service really hit me today because lately I have been feeling God telling me that I could do more. I have felt convicted and moved, but I haven't really been sure of what He is telling me to do, so I've just kinda ignored the feeling. And while I don't feel called to go overseas to do mission work, I do feel called to do something right here, right where I live, among people I know, among my family and friends, my neighbors, and my coworkers.
During the end prayer, the pastor encouraged all who were feeling moved/convicted by God to go up to the altar and pray for His guidance and to commit to doing whatever He was leading us to do. I stood there, praying silently, listening to the pastor, and I thought, "No need to walk up there to the altar, I can commit to listen to God right here. I can commit to go wherever He leads me right here." I mean, after all, we were sitting in the back and the altar was WAY up front.
And then the pastor said, "The hardest step may be this step up to the altar. If you can't commit to walking to the front of the church, how can you commit to following God blindly where He may lead you?" Wow. Was that line directed at me or what, right?! : ) So there I went, heart racing, up to the altar. I got on my hands and knees and I just prayed, "Lord, I'm not sure what you want me to do, but I'm here. I'm ready. I want to do it. Show me. Guide me." And I also said a little thanks that I had put leggings on under my dress since I was on the floor. ; )
I'm not sure where God will lead me, but I know that I want to go wherever He leads me to.
Is God leading y'all to do something? To GO somewhere? To just be more of a witness at home?
Y'all pray for me please...and I'll pray for y'all.