Do you ever hear the stories of missionaries who were able to travel the world and share the Good News of Jesus Christ and think, “I want to do that!” Back in the summer of 2010, the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to minister to His sons and daughters there. And what an amazing experience it was—it is actually still-to-date the best week of my life. But throughout that trip, and in the time since I arrived back in the states, God has been moving in my heart and mind, revealing a truth to me and showing me personally what this truth looks like in my own life—you don’t have to travel the world in order to share the Good News. (Please don’t get me wrong—there are many areas in the world that desperately need to hear the Good News, and that is why God has called some to be missionaries in other parts of the world. But what He has continued to show me is that there is also a need for the Good News to be shared in our own backyard, wherever that might physically be.)
While this truth might, to some, seem obvious, it is nearly impossible, given the large number of unbelievers found in a country that is allowed to be open about the Good News of Jesus Christ, to hide the fact that we have failed to accept the responsibility to do the very thing that Christ has called us to do in Matthew 28:19—“go and make disciples.” With the knowledge that we can be missionaries to those we come into contact with on a daily basis, why is this number still so staggering? Are we “too busy”? Do we have “more important things” to do? Do we believe it is someone else’s responsibility—possibly because we believe we aren’t “good enough” to be used by God? Or is it even possibly that though we might physically say we don’t care, at our core, we are still worried about what others would think of us if they knew we were “Jesus freaks”?
I remember going to a Trip Lee concert back in February of this year where Trip told a story that hit home with me, and I’m sure it did with many others as well. During the rise of his career, Trip was on a plane, and upon finding his seat, realized he was going to be sitting by a man who was not only a well-known rapper, but also someone that he admired as a child. However, Trip knew that this man wasn’t living a life for the glory of God. And as he sat there, he battled with wanting to share Jesus’ love with his childhood hero, but he also worried what perception of himself that would give his idol. Several hours passed, and Trip eventually realized what he was doing—“I realized that I was so worried about my reputation as an up-and-coming artist—that I was actually more worried about it than I was about this brother’s salvation, and eternity.” It was after a revelation from God that Trip realized his priorities were out of order. Eventually, Trip heeded the call that God placed before him, and shared the love of Jesus Christ (and the things He had done in Trip’s own life) with this famous rapper.
No matter what, we are more than the name given to us when we were born, or even as so many college students can attest to, more than the number that professors know us by. We are more than the clothes we wear, or the car we drive. We are more than the person we date, or where we live. We are more than our job, the sport we play, or even our worldly status, which is simply defined by all of the above. We are sons and daughters of the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, created in His image–that is where our true identity is found. We are blessed to even be here, and even more blessed that we can spend eternal life with Him. But while we are here, we have been given a commandment—to share the Good News that we have with others. Is it going to be easy? Not always. Is it going to be comfortable? Not necessarily. Is everyone going to accept what we have to say? Probably not. But our job is not to attempt to change people’s hearts on our own—we could never do that. Our goal is to share the love of Jesus Christ and what He has done in our lives with others, and watch God change their hearts—on His timing, and for His glory!
Chris is Karen’s grandson. Chris says this: “I’m currently a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. I am thankful for the many blessings God has poured out on my life, and pray that I use the gifts and talents He has blessed me with to bring glory to His name.”
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