As I write this blog, I sit in my favorite coffee-shop. Not in my usual spot—instead I’m tucked away on one of the older benches, facing the bar counter. Right before me hangs a pair of chalkboards that tells of the charitable organizations this shop gives its tips to.
I read the countries on one: Guatemala. Haiti. Honduras. India. The list goes on.
I read the other: Local. Backpacks for kids. Boys and Girls club. Winter shelter for battered and homeless people. Middle way houses. Flood relief—in my own state.
One of the reasons this coffee shop is so popular in this college town (and has been since my friend first brought me to it nearly ten years ago!) is that it is active in its missions. The organization sees needs and tackles them. Strung across the walls are testimonies where this coffee shop has brought relief—and the love of Christ—to the hurting and hopeless around the world. This is a huge deal for my generation—the Millennial Generation—because the correlation between the professed mission in the church (serving people) and actually walking out that mission is a matter of honor and purpose for us.
I don’t know that we Christians ask ourselves often enough whether we’re really serving the mission field God has called us to collectively or as individuals. Are we content to give money to organizations that go fulfill a mission, or are we reaching out to people ourselves? It doesn’t have to be either/or—it can and even should be both/and, because some organizations can reach where individuals can’t—but there’s deep danger of creating a chasm where we feel we’re fulfilling enough of a mission, even the Great Commission, when we simply give money to a church or Christian entity and then walk away.
But you, brothers, sisters—what mission field can you serve on? Can you take the Good News to the hurting in your city? Can you sow into a homeless or halfway shelter in your city with your time, talents, or money? Are there hurting people you can serve with your own two hands, not just by investing into a church they might one day attend?
Not every missionary is called to serve in Guatemala or Haiti or Honduras. We are, all of us, the moment we become ambassadors for Christ, missionaries to our modern world. No overseas travel needed! And we are tasked with taking the Gospel to those on our mission field with the boldness, vigor, and determination of any cross-borders traveler.
We may not have to go as far, but, my friends, we still have far to go.
Where can you sow in? Where can you fulfill the mission?
Locally? Nationally? In your own backyard?
To what mission field is God calling YOU?