I believe God puts specific desires in different people’s hearts for what they are called to do. Some are called to to be preachers, others to be teachers, others to be youth workers, and so forth. Ever since I first became a Christian when I was 13, I’ve wanted to go on missions trips. So far, the Lord has allowed me to go on several short term missions trips.
My first trip was a direct answer to many prayers. I’d been asking my dad since I was 13 if I could go on a missions trip. He kept saying that I was too young, but when I was 15 he finally told me that if I could find a missions trip during summer, with my church, and in Canada, I could go. Hope!
A few weeks later, an elder of my church announced that he and his wife were going on a missions trip to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, and asking if anyone was interested. Yes!
In the years to come, I was also able to go on medical missions trips to Romania, Papua New Guinea, and Honduras, and a hurricane relief mission trip to Alabama.
Now that I’m married and have small children, mission work isn’t as do-able as it was when I was in high school and college. And there are many people like me; right now, in the current seasons in our lives, mission work as we define it just isn’t very realistic.
It’s obvious in the Bible that God wants us all to be missionaries. Mark 13:10 tells us that the Gospel must be preached to all the nations. Luke 10:2 warns us that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. 2 Corinthians 10:16 says we are to preach the gospel in the regions beyond us.
So what if we can’t, or don’t felt called, to be a missionary?
I believe that we are all called to be missionaries, and we are always on the mission field. When I was able to travel abroad, my mission fields temporarily included different countries. Recently I realized that, for now, my mission field is my living room, my kitchen, my back yard. It is my local post office and grocery store. The park, and even Walmart. My mission field is where I am, because this is where God has put me for this season in my life.
Now, I need to do a better job at treating it as such!
What is your current mission field? Do you feel satisfied with the your work as God’s laborer? What can you do differently?