What is the Mission and Does it Even Matter?Posted on March 15th, 2012.
Mexico, China, India, Haiti, and Africa are all countries that typically come to mind when people talk about missions. We’ll feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe and shelter the poor and bring social justice wherever we see it in violation.
LET’S GO TO THE NATIONS!
While I am all for going to the nations, sometimes I think its forgotten that where we live is also a mission field. We are surrounded by people every day, who are living with Addiction, Despair, Divorce, Financial Hardship, Spiritual Darkness, etc. They all have at least one thing in common, they need to experience the love of Christ.
When asked which was the greatest commandment in the law Jesus even said,
“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your NEIGHBOR as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” – Matthew 22:36-40
Now the question must be asked – Who is my neighbor?
Great news!!! Jesus answers this one, as well!
Luke 10:25-37 tells a tale of a good Samaritan, who simply stops to help a man to whom he has no connection other than he sees the man in need and offers the time, abilities, and financial assistance he has to the man till he recovers.
It would seem that Jesus is saying second only to loving the Living God is loving your neighbor as yourself. This is the mission of each and every one of our lives. We are to love our neighbors not only in words but also in deeds.
Every day we encounter our neighbors at the grocery store, walking down the street, at church and school functions, or literally next door. And every day we are faced with the decision, “Are we going to be the good Samaritan in the great and small things of life?” or “Are we going to choose our own path?”
So, which will you choose?