Today’s devotional in “Christ in Our Home” is about missionaries Simon and Jude. Oh, no, there’s that dreaded “M” word, that calls up in me fear of God’s sending me to the end of the earth to spread the Good News, among people who speak a language difficult to learn. To prepare for the missionary assignment, I would most likely need countless inoculations, and I am needle-phobic.
Of course, that’s only one kind of missions work. Since I’ve turned to today’s page, I’ll plunge in and see what the writer says about these two apostles and what their example might be for my take-away.
Anne Seden wrote this piece for today. Well, kiss my grits, she lives in Kennesaw, GA, and is a Lutheran! Ms. Seden, I hope that you won’t mind that I quote the following that really speaks to me: “I read once that evangelism is not so much about where we go as it is what we do as we go… As we go, we have the peace of Christ (John 14:27) and God’s promise to guide and protect.” [italics mine]
Notice it is “what we do AS we go,” and not “what we do WHERE we go.” Our serving and speaking for Christ doesn’t require we pack our bags, but look around us right where we are. Or, in my case, where I am today, next Thursday, and next month. We are called to be witnesses of God’s love to a broken world in the here and now, in our present circumstances, as we go.
Thank you also, Anne Seden, that you remind me today that “missionary-ing” is evangelizing, teaching, serving, and inviting others to Christ. These different aspects of witnessing to the world aren’t necessarily done at the same time nor by the same person. One doesn’t need to cross the Equator to do it, either. That’s a relief.