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All Of Life Is A Mission Trip

1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heavenhas come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

{Matthew 10:1-8}

Have you ever gone on a mission trip? Many people have done so, and, and for them, it was one of the most life-changing and spiritually transforming experiences of their lives.

Our son Graham went on a mission trip through the joint-effort of High Point University and a local church every semester break during his four years of college.

Those eight mission trips did as much to form him as the classes he took in school and the degree he earned.

A mission trip usually has some common characteristics:

a) the focus is on the work of God around them,

b) the people sense the presence and prompting of God’s Spirit in heightened ways,

c) ministry is lived out in practical and hands-on ways,

d) goals are reached through personal involvement, sacrifice, and discomfort

(see Reggie McNeal, Missional Renaissance, pg. 54).

Imagine how our lives would be different if we viewed all of life as a mission trip!

Every day we would look to see how we could join God’s mission right where we are.

When Jesus sent His disciples out on their first mission trip, Jesus said:

“Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6).

Jesus didn’t mean Gentiles or Samaritans were unwelcome and excluded from His Kingdom. Jesus would later clearly commission His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:20).

Here, Jesus simple meant, “Your mission starts right where you are.”

We don’t’ have to “go” on a mission. We are on a mission. Wherever you are right now, is your mission field.

Jesus says that our mission is two-fold: a proclamation and a demonstration.

We are to proclaim the kingdom of heaven has come to earth (Matthew 10:7). Jesus, by His incarnation, brought heaven to earth. He taught us to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

To illustrate and reinforce our proclamation, Jesus taught His disciples to display a demonstration of His kingdom.

Jesus said: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons” (Matthew 10:8).

Our demonstration of God’s kingdom focuses on meeting the real and obvious needs of those around us.

Our mission for life today is to bring healing to the hurting, resurrection life where deadness exists, restore the marginalized and the outcast, and bring deliverance to those in bondage (Matthew 10:8).

Today, right where we are, we can live on a mission from God. Speak a word of grace to those in need. Let them know God’s kingdom is near them. Bless somebody in need of healing, restoration, resurrection, and deliverance.

With everything you do today, and with everyone you meet today, let them experience the kingdom of God in your proclamation and demonstration. Today, you are on a mission trip for God’s kingdom. Let the world around you see it by your words and by your actions.


2 Responses to “All Of Life Is A Mission Trip”

  1. Amen!

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