On a Mission

Duane Vander Klok

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Have you ever felt called to be a missionary? What are your initial thoughts when you are asked that simple question? Do you think about a third world nation, a foreign language that you would have to learn, or think, “oh no, that’s not for me!” What if I told you that all of us are called to be missionaries? What if I told you that you don’t have to go any further than your current home, neighborhood, or place of employment?

Jesus was very clear that we are called to love God, and to love people. We are also called to be the light of the World. The great news is that we can be a light right here, right now. Wherever you are at, that is your mission’s field.

The mission field isn’t only about selling everything you own, learning a new language, and moving to some different part of the world. Instead, it’s a posture of the heart and an alignment to God. Maybe your parents have walked away from Jesus; that’s your mission’s field. Maybe you’re friends at school don’t know Jesus; that’s your missions field. Maybe your neighbor needs some help with their yard work; that’s your mission’s field.

This week, let’s stop looking at the mission’s field as some far off land, and ask for God to reveal the mission field right where you are at. Let’s be His disciples and begin to live as a light to the world around us.