Jun. 24 - I am a Missionary, Part 1
In The Great Commission (Matthew 28) Jesus calls us to go into the world and make disciples. This means that God has called upon each of his followers to be a missionary for him. For those of us who may not have the time, resources, or opportunity to travel to another country to do God’s work, that could be a stressful statement. But it shouldn’t be! You don’t need to pack a bible or even a pair of flip-flops! Missionary work can be accomplished in your neighborhood, your cubicle, or even the cereal aisle at the grocery store.
Our mission is sketched out at length in Psalm 145 (see below), but put simply, we are to praise God every day, to speak of the glory of his kingdom, to give examples of his power, and tell about his mighty deeds. I really love the way Greg describes us as being tour guides in God’s world. As we walk through our days with non-believers, we simply need to point to Him and His work. Just acknowledge it, draw attention to it, and praise Him.
Don’t be intimidated by the work that God calls us to do. How many people do you speak to on a daily basis? Think of all the people who would benefit if you just peppered your conversations with this message:
1. The Lord is merciful and compassionate.
2. The Lord is good to everyone,
3. The Lord showers love and compassion on all of His creation.
So be bold and courageous. Share your testimony. Have meaningful conversation with those who are lost without Christ. Go out and be a tour guide in God’s world!
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.