I've always thought how wonderful missionaries were and what an amazing calling the Lord has upon their lives, but never felt called to that area of ministry before.
I suppose as I'm getting older and drawing closer to the Lord, He is truly allowing me to see situations through fresh eyes.
-First, missionaries are not just people who go over seas (ohhhhh). Serving and witnessing to our neighbor is what the Lord calls us to do.-Second, this is not about me.
I speak truthfully for myself- I am selfish. I've lived in a place of self pity, resentment, comparison, doubt, guilt, shame...woo, quite a list! However, GLORY! The Lord has been workin' some amazing beautiful healing! Through His gracious hands, I'm being washed of these strongholds, these chains. Now, it is a daily walk with Him on this, a surrendering. I've asked and had to listen, coming with it things that have hurt to hear. But, through that pain has been acceptance, truth and AMEN- freedom and peace! My heart has felt immediate joy when I've quickly renounced a moment that I know was leading down a path of "woe is me." I'm thinking of that statement, "name it and claim it", but instead "name it and renounce it, in the name of Jesus!" Being able to give a name to what I was feeling and doing put it into persepective and gave me the Lord's armor to stomp those nasties out! Amen and Praise Jesus!
The Lord has given us HIS word to protect us, minister to us, teach us and love us. It is through Him that we are saved, through Him we are rescued, through Him we are given a second, third, fourth, fifth...chance. It is through Him and only Him we are forgiven and washed with mercy and grace.
And because of this most precious gift, who am my not to share it with others? We are saved by faith (Amen!) and with that faith, we are to share and be fruitful. We need to be gardeners! Go and sow HIS seeds! We are to live our lives for God. Sharing the most precious gift of Jesus and His life, death and resurrection and the love He has for us. Knowing there is a hope, joy and forgiveness to a life that has had no meaning before. It weighs my heart heavy to think of all of those who are hurting right now...and I want to know that I've done all I can, allowing the Lord to use me to pull them up from that quick sand of darkness, just as someone gave me their hand, and the Lord pulled me up from that darkness .
So, my love and desire to share the Word and God's saving grace...well, the Lord is working in my heart, a heart for missions, be it to my neighbor and maybe someday, someone in a land I'd never dream I would go...
May Your will be done dear Lord....good stuff!