Six ways to be involved.
“Go and make disciples of all nations …” – Jesus, Matthew 28:19 (The Great Commission)
“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” – J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now OMF International).
As Christians, we are called by the Lord to participate in reaching people from every tribe, tongue and nation. All Christians everywhere – not just missionaries – are called to this great task. We have identified six ways people can be involved with the God’s work among the nations: going, praying, sending, welcoming, mobilizing and learning. Find your roles and get involved!
Praise God for stirring your heart for missions! He is offering you the opportunity to bring him glory everywhere (Habakkuk 2:14) and obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20.) There are six significant ways you can contribute to God’s work in the world. As you read through the six ways, think about how you can serve God now and in the future.
1. LEARN: Explore and study what God has stirred up in your heart. Equip yourself to be fully successful in the missions ministries God gives you. There are excellent resources available in every area of missions involvement, just like the training you received for your career. Take a class or read a book to strengthen your ministry. Visit OMF Books.
2. PRAY: In the ongoing work of the kingdom of God, nothing is more important than intercessory prayer (Richard Foster). Interceding, or talking to God about the needs of other people, is a vital activity to growing God’s church. Commit to praying for a specific missionary, ministry, or people group (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
3. GO: Have you heard glamorous stories of missionary jungle life? What about tales of extreme risk, suffering, and faith that seem well beyond the capacity of the average Christian? God doesn\\\’t call super-Christians to be missionaries; he calls you to live for him in another place. For some, this is just for a few weeks on a short-term trip. He gives others the opportunity for deep impact and strong relationships through many years of life in another country. Give God freedom to place you overseas for as long as he chooses (Luke 4:43).
• Short-term opportunities: 2 weeks to 6 months; many opportunities during summers, including vision trips
• Mid-term opportunities: 1 to 3 years
• Long-term opportunities: 3 years or longer
4. SEND: Often lost in the going of missions is the sending. Missionaries do not just go overseas: God’s people send them. As we so often find throughout the New Testament, the sending and going relationship is one of interdependence: the sender needs the one who goes, and the one who goes needs the sender. Intentionally send missionaries through encouragement, logistical support and financial giving (Romans 10:15).
5. WELCOME: Help welcome international students and families to NZ. God can use you in cross-cultural ministry in your city right now. Find a local English class or international student group to serve during the years these future leaders live in your neighborhood
(1 Kings 8:41-43).
6. MOBILIZE: Picture yourself trying to build a new house. Would your first few days of work be more strategically used cutting wood or finding committed friends to build with you? Mobilization is drawing others into the work of building God’s church. It’s so much more about steadily encouraging people you know than it is about speaking at a conference. Share the vision God has given you with people you know (Luke 10:2).
How many of these opportunities is God giving to you right now? Are there any of the six ways that you see God preparing you to do in the future? Contact us with any questions.