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God instructs us to “go”!

God instructs us to “go”!

Sharing your faith can be done so many different ways; God gives us many opportunities.  Lonely, lost, needy, hurting people can be found in everyone’s daily paths in every corner of the earth.  But, why does God instruct us to “go”?  As followers of Jesus, He ask us to step out of our comforts of home and family to extend His love to the outermost parts of the earth.  Jesus’ disciples were sent by Him to surrounding areas to spread the good news.  Paul took many mission trips and wrote about his desire to take more.  Paul saw the value in traveling and spreading the gospel to others, going out of his way physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually.

Think about a time when you helped someone in need and the realization that followed that opened your eyes to how truly blessed you really are by God.  No matter your personal situation, God can always show you someone whose hurts, needs or status in life makes your own seem minimal and covered by God.  When this happens, God is choosing for us to experience answers rather than explaining it to us.  Our hearts, behaviors and relationships change by serving others. And, in the process hope, joy, and the love of Jesus are given to those in need.

Consider these commands from God…

Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

James 1:17 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

God can use all of us in so many ways; all we have to do is step out in faith as a humble servant and allow Him to do it.

 

 

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  1. I will be leaving for Guatemala soon on a Joni & Friends Wheels for the World wheelchair distribution in Guatemala, so I am not wholly opposed to mission trips. I would encourage everyone, however, to read “when Helping Hurts” by Fikkert and Corbett as well as Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton to get a balanced view regarding mission trips and the billions of dollars American churches spend on them. I also think it is a little bit of a stretch to compare Paul’s “mission trips” with what we associate with mission trips today. Just a thought.

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