Missions - what can I do?
Missions for all Ages
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Romans 10:13-15 (NKJV)
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace who bring glad tidings of good things!"
This demonstrates the importance of mission work. As the passage says, how can people call on the name of the Lord, if they haven't even heard the gospel? The Bible commands us to do what we can to support the spread of the gospel of peace because it is a matter of eternal life or death.
You may be saying to yourself: What can I do to support missions work? After all, this is an extremely tough economic climate, and even though I tithe to the church, I just don't have extra money for missions. And I'm not being led to live in another culture and preach the gospel.
Remember: It doesn't matter whether we've been given great talents, abilities, and wealth or whether we've been given very little. What matters is how we use what we've been given: "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more." Luke 12:48 (NKJV). Also consider the poor widow who Jesus observed give two coins (worth less than a penny) to the temple offering; she, by giving out of her poverty, had given more than the wealthy who gave large amounts (Mark 12:41-44).
Here are a few practical ways that we can help spread the gospel:
1. PRAY! Commit to praying regularly for the missionaries devoted in spreading the gospel both here and abroad. Pray for their safety, provision, and encouragement in what may be difficult or sometimes outright hostile surrounds. Pray for those the missionary comes into contact with, that they may receive the gospel with kindness and that the Holy Spirit would convict them to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
2. DESIGNATE AN AMOUNT AHEAD OF TIME - Maybe you can reserve the loose change you receive on purchases for a given month for missions work. Or, you might choose to set aside a few dollars every week and designate that as your weekly missions offering. Deciding on a plan ahead of time will inspire the discipline it takes to stick to a habit of giving to missions, despite economic hard times.
3. USE YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS AND ABILITIES - What are your abilities, talents, or hobbies? Investigate opportunities in which you can use your interests and talents in a way that glorified God. Ask God how you can use your gifts in a practical way to serve others and spread the Good News.
4. CONSIDER "TREATING" A MISSIONARY - Prayerfully consider whether the money you would be using to treat yourself to Starbucks, movie, or eating out, could instead be used for missions work. You might skip that treat once a month (or however often you feel led to do so) in favor of donating to the spread of the gospel.