Not all are called to trade in the Cadillac for a microphone, heading out with nothing but a couple of suitcases (if you recall that moment in the film!). However, we are all called to such singular focus displayed so evidently by the brothers in this classic film. Each one of us who bears the name Christian is to walk in an unwavering commitment to the mission to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” as Matthew records at the end of his gospel.
The call to “go therefore” means that as we go about our lives we enroll others to follow Jesus. Often however, it takes a change in perspective to look at the various aspects of our world as a mission field. It is for that reason that going out on a cross-cultural mission is so vital. The misconception in such short term missions is that we go to do something or bring something to another people group across the globe or community across town. For these reasons, some may be reluctant to go. Rather, it is what God does in and through our willingness to serve and be guided by Him that is the the greater purpose and blessing. The temporary removal of our routines, environment, and familiarities is often what refocuses us upon our God given mission and our receptivity to it.
I know not all can get out into a cross cultural mission immediately, but I would encourage you to prayerfully consider making it a priority. One easy step is the upcoming New Wineskins Conference upcoming in April (for more click here). Seeing God’s work in the world across the globe often emboldens our faith, especially when we see how many do so in the most war torn and oppressed regions. It is also a reminder to us that while we are not all called to be foreign missionaries, we are all called to be missionaries.
We need a change of perspective by which we view our world to see the grocery store, gas station, pharmacy, restaurant, and barber shop as mission fields. These are fields where the harvest is ripe and hearts will likely be more open to the Good News as a result of our regular interaction with those in them. The relationships we develop serve as a vehicle for enrolling others in the Faith and pointing them to the One who is transforming our lives and is the source of our hope.
Our mission is clear, but it looks different as it is lived out in each of our lives. In the week ahead we are called to reflect upon it, be renewed in it, and recommit ourselves to it. We are on a mission from God, so that all might come to know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, and by doing so, find redemption, peace, and purpose in this life and the next.