The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
Missionaries amaze me. They selflessly give up all of their earthly treasures and travel to a new place. A place that is far away from family and far away from Americanized amenities. They leave their home, their church, and their closest friends. That kind of surrender to Christ is the epitome of what true servanthood looks like to me. I stand in awe of missionaries because God specifically called them to serve in the hardest possible way that I can imagine. He knows their hearts, and He knows their hearts are pure and selfless. He knows that they will go. So, why doesn’t God ask all of us to uproot and move from our nice, comfortable homes? This is something that I have wondered about a lot. Even Christians, if we are not careful, can get caught up in the comparison game. We ask, “Why not me God? Is my heart flawed?” When in all actuality God just knew that we were better suited in a different area of serving. Not a lesser area – just a different one. All around us people are hurting. They are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are chasing after things that will never satisfy their souls. As Christians, we are called to point them in the direction of Christ. We can do that right where we are at. Right here in our own community. He wants us to reach out to people that will not reach out on their own. He wants us to tell them about the hope and peace that only He can bring. People in other countries may not have heard about Christ, and it is imperative that missionaries go and spread the gospel. But don’t forget about the work that needs to be done right here at home. People in our community have heard about Christ, but do they really know the power of having a relationship with him? Do they know that He can and will wipe away all of their tears, calm the storm that is raging in their heart, and give them the hope that they need to keep going? People are hurting. People are hurting right here. If God hasn’t called you to a far away country I can promise you this – He has called you somewhere. You were called. We are called. There is a community/town/city somewhere that has your name on it. This is the place where God wants you to preach his Gospel. Let’s serve by speaking God’s truths into our place. Wherever that may be.
Dear God, today I ask you to help me to speak your truths wherever I go. It may not be with words but with actions. Let me be able to recognize who still needs to learn about and hear your word. I am thankful for the place that I am called to, and I want to surrender my all to work for you there. Amen.