Attitude: Youll face all kinds of obstacles as you work
to fulfill the Great Commission. Keeping a good attitude can be the difference
between having a good missions experience and a bad one.
Bible: The Bible is your essential handbook
for missions. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible not only explains why we
should be on mission, but youll also findin the New Testamentexamples
of time-tested techniques for telling the world about Jesus.
Commitment: Theres nothing easy about
obeying the Great Commission. It carries considerable cost, perhaps even your
very life. When youre on mission, your commitment to Christ will be
Dependence: From the day God tells you to follow Him
on mission, youll need to depend on Him every step of the way. Ask any
Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is contagious, even on
mission. As an ambassador for Christ, your enthusiasm for your Savior will
go a long way toward showing people that they need a relationship with Him.
Flashlight: A good missionary follows the Boy Scout
motto: Be prepared. When youre on mission telling people about the
Light of the World, bring a portable light source to help you navigate in dark
Good health: While on mission, you might find
yourself in a very strenuous physical environment. Make sure you understand all
of the physical requirements for a trip before you go, and then talk with your
doctor about what you need to do in order to be physically prepared for the
Humor: When youre on mission with God, expect
anything and everything. As a good missionary, remember to take God seriously
while not taking yourself too seriously.
Intentional: Mission trips arent vacations. As a kingdom
messenger, focus on your purpose! Be intentional about sharing the gospel.
Jesus: What Would Jesus Do has become a clich, yet thats
exactly what you need to be thinking as you share Gods love with hurting people
in your community or around the world. You may be the only Jesus some people
will ever see.
Kum-by-yah: You will find that some of the most memorable
moments in your life will be with the communityor should we say kommunitythat
you develop while on mission, particularly among those on
mission with you. But a word of warningif you suggest singing Kum-by-yah
50 times in a row, you might find yourself walking back home.
Languages: When you talk about Jesus, it always helps if
you can speak in the nativeor heartlanguage of the people you want to
reach. However, when thats not possible, keep in mind that LOVE is a
Map: Whether youre traveling across an ocean or just
across town, it helps to know where youre going. Take the time to find a good
mapand use it.
Nations: Gods concern for the nations goes all the way
back to Genesis 12. If God cares about the nations, so should you. Dont limit
your missions involvement to people who look like you and talk like you. Step
out of your comfort zone and into a whole new culturewhich might be just down
On your knees: Nothing is more essential to being on
mission than prayer. Spend a significant amount of time praying for the
person or people youll be trying to reach. Youll be amazed at how God answers
Passport: Being on mission means you should be
prepared to go anywhere. If God sends you overseas, youll definitely need a
passport. But, if you go to your Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria (North America)
youll only need a passport or birth certificate at the U.S./Canada border.
Quality time with the Lord: Spend quality time with God
before you join Him on mission. Let Him tell you how you can be a part
of His work and then join Him where He is working.
Real: As you share your faith in Christ, be real and
authentic. Nonbelievers can tell when youre insincere or phony, and youll just
end up losing credibility in their eyes.
Servants heart: As you go on mission, be willing
to do anything God asks. Whether youre leading someone to Christ, making
breakfast for the homeless or cleaning toilets, you can be confident that youre
making a kingdom difference! The prophet Jeremiah even says its among the
mundane matters of life that you will often encounter God (Jeremiah 29).
Toilet paper: We know from firsthand experience that
every bathroom in the world does not necessarily come complete with well
necessities. Be sure you have a roll of toilet paper stashed someplace you can
Unity: If you plan to go on mission with a
group, creating a sense of unity is very important. You cant expect people to
want to enter the Kingdom if there is dissension among the brethren.
Vision: In order to be an on mission Christian,
youll need to embrace Gods vision for the world. Once you see missions through
Gods eyes, youll never sit on the sidelines again. Youll want to get in the
game! Ask God to help you see the world through His eyes.
Willingness: For some awesome reason God chooses to use
us to complete His worldwide mission. Your willingness to surrender to Him is
an essential part of being on mission.
X-treme: Going on mission with God means living
life to the X-treme. And guess what? You were made for this X-treme. From the
moment you were conceived, God planned for you to share His message throughout
the globe. What a purpose!
Yes! Being on mission starts by saying yes to
Gods global plan. Saying yes to God means saying no to a selfish status
Zealousness: Your passion for Christ will make a
monumental difference in how effective you are in sharing your faith. Ask God
to make you zealous for Jesus and zealous for telling others about Him.
Tobin Perry is a staff writer for Saddleback Community Church and lives
in Lake Forest, California. Jon Walker, online editor of Pastors.com and former editor of
HomeLife, lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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