How many of you have been to a Missionary Sendoff service or Prayer Gathering for missionaries? You know, it is a dedicated time to focus on these super Christians. I mean, who else makes such sacrifice to go and be a missionary? Wow. I mean, they are so great. I so wish I could be like them. The personal sacrifice of leaving everything they once knew to go and preach the gospel.
Here I am only a mere Youth Director, Salesman, Mom, Dad, Manager, ____________, etc (you fill in the blank).
But you are nothing. You aren’t a missionary. You haven’t made a close enough sacrifice like a missionary has, so you are nothing. If you happen to be a pastor, you may be close, but still. Saving souls is more important than what you do, pastor.
The Great Commission
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold,I am with you always, to the end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19
This is a great verse. This is a commission from Jesus. So, I obviously do not want to take it lightly. I praise Jesus for those who are missionaries and for those who spread the Gospel. I am in agreement with them.
My concern is how the church and Christians act when a missionary is being sent off. What about the man or woman who works in the secular work? Shouldn’t he try to evangelize to his/her co-workers? Shouldn’t he/she try share this Good News with them?
Shouldn’t all Christians strive to share the Gospel?
Many missionaries may work their whole life just planting seeds (1 Corinthians 3:6-8). Often missionaries can feel discouraged because their is little to no fruit that they see (this does not mean their work is in vain).
However, this can also be true of those who work at corporate offices or in the secular workforce.
Why doesn’t the church gather around those people who do work in the secular field? Why don’t we pray for them? Why don’t we send them off in prayer for their work they are doing?
My point is this, we elevate missionaries often to a point that is too high. They are people. We need missionaries, we do. They have a great job and task. Yet, those who work for a paycheck are also missionaries. Aren’t we all missionaries?
Do you think we elevate missionaries too high?
Should we also be praying for those in secular work to reach the lost?