I spent the weekend at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (Alberta/BC) triennial convention in Abbotsford, BC. What a joy to share time with a roomful of women who understand God’s call to be involved in missions at home and abroad.
My husband and I have been involved in career missions for 23 years. Today, in fact, I’ve packed my suitcase in preparation for leading a short term mission team to Romania in a few hours. Nothing thrills my heart more than introducing people of all ages and nationalities to Jesus Christ.
Some folks say evangelism is best left to the so-called experts—missionaries, pastors, seminary students, and Bible teachers. That’s a misnomer. Evangelism is a role assigned to everyone who follows Jesus Christ. Here’s a verse that’s become meaningful to me in the past year or so:
“….And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, ‘Be reconciled to God!’” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20NLT)
Reconciling people to God might sound a bit scary but it doesn’t have to be that way. What are your skills? What are your passions? How can you use them to build relationships with unbelievers? How can you use them to become a bridge or a tool to draw others to Jesus?
Maybe you’re a stay at home mom. You can build relationships with other moms who have kids of similar ages to yours. As friendships deepen, conversations will naturally turn to spiritual things.
Maybe you work in an office. You can share Jesus’s love with your coworkers by being a good listener and by speaking words of encouragement over them. You’ll shine as a light even when you’re not aware of it.
Perhaps you’re a teacher. Or you work in the police force or military. Maybe you’re a grocery store clerk or a landscape artist. Or maybe you’re already retired. No matter your role, God wants to use you to bring others to salvation.
We’ve all been given a heavenly mandate: reconcile people to God. Let’s share His love through our actions and words. Let’s be salt and make them thirsty for Jesus.
In order to respect the privacy of the people I’m serving this summer, I’ll won’t be posting much about our camps in Eastern Europe. I will, however, continue posting blogs and photos. Please pray for God to provide safety in travels, health, unity on our teams, and for joy as we share His love with those we meet.
Know you are loved,
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