When your mission field is at home

I'm not guilty doing my mission work at home

I used to feel guilty.

Guilty about what my friends, neighbors, and strangers thought of me.

Guilty because I happily lived in my house while others around me were hurting so desperately.

Guilty because I was content.

Guilty because I wasn’t doing enough to help society.

Guilty because I was selfishly focusing on my family instead of spreading God’s love with the world.

Guilty because being a missionary isn’t my calling, yet Matthew 28:19-20 tells me:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. and behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

Go

Make disciples of all nations.

Jesus said to do it.

So if I don’t go, am I guilty of ignoring the word of Christ?

In my contentment, in my happiness being where I am at and with what God has provided for my family, I felt guilty.

Guilty because life was so perfect.

Yes we have our struggles, but nothing compared to those in other countries who are risking their lives on a daily basis to simply pray to God.

The courage they have. The faith they have. Does that make them greater than me?

And what of those who will die before they are told of God’s great love and His mercy?

Am I guilty for wanting to spend time with my daughters in the comforts of our American home?

Am I guilty for not feeling pulled to those in other countries?

Forget about doing missions in another country. I don’t even feel called to do missions in my own country, state, or neighborhood.

I am the silent person in the background, loving and living by faith, leading by quiet example.

Guilty because I’m not openly spreading the word of God.

Guilty because I don’t knock on my neighbor’s doors and invite them to church.

Guilty because they see us leave on Sunday morning, but don’t know WHERE we are going. They assume but they don’t know.

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I am not a missionary or preacher. I don’t feel comfortable talking about my faith to strangers. To acquaintances I will discuss matters of faith if the conversation naturally flows there, but I’m not one to intentionally make it happen.

I am happy and at peace. I am content being where God has me and living the life He designed for me.

Yet at the same time, I am leaving out one important thing.

Go.

Make disciples of all nations.

And in that one little 3 letter word, my guilt faded away.

ALL nations.

Not just the village in Africa or China. Not just the inner city in Germany or England.

Not only the inner city or impoverished rural community in America.

Not even a commandment to be a missionary to those in my community.

But in ALL nations, ALL places, everywhere.

What better place to begin than to those who I am closest?

I have 2 precious souls with whom I can impact in a very real way.

2 precious souls who think I know everything for 10 years.

2 precious souls who think I know about half of everything for 3 years.

And 2 precious souls who think I know nothing for 5 years, only coming to me in their darkest moments when they are the most vulnerable.

I have been called to the mission field.

My mission field looks green. A green painted house and a green tinted roof surrounded by a green patch of weeds and grass.

And inside the green are two lively spirits who I can give a foundation to before they step out into the world. A world which isn’t always the most friendly or kind, but a world I hope and pray they are ready for.

A little outside the green but still in my heart are friends and loved ones. Those who I can encourage and pray for. Those who I can support in their dreams, goals, and struggles.

I believe God has made me content because I am exactly where He wants me, doing exactly what He desires.

Your mission field may be a different color, and even involve a different nation, and for that, I say GO.

But if your GO is to stay at home and nurture whoever God has placed around you, I say listen to that. Listen to your spirit and STAY….STAY and be a missionary right where you are.

What does your mission field look like? Are you called to be somewhere else or content right where you are?

 

~Crystal

 

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Let’s be Friends Blog Hop, Wake up Wednesday, Whatever Wednesday, Faith & Fellowship Blog Hop, Friendship Friday, Monday’s Musings, Motivational Monday, Soul Survival

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary-Keith Piasecki
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 08:26:01

    I actually wrote about this a little bit ago. How I don’t want to go to Africa. Or anywhere. I feel guilty sometimes because I don’t want to go to a 3rd world country. But God called us to go into ALL the world. Not just all other countries. My mission field is at home for sure and I am learning to be ok with that

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    • Crystal
      Oct 28, 2014 @ 19:33:29

      That is so funny Mary-Keith. The other title I was considering dealt with Africa. I went over and read your post and really appreciated your insight too. Thanks for stopping by and hop to see you again.

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  2. pushingforwardwithgrace
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 12:38:02

    My home. The board I currently sit on at church has me working in missions projects in our communities. I love it!

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  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:03:06

    I’m a big fan of doing mission work locally – I always wanted to be a missionary, and up until I read this post, that was how I thought of it – I “wanted” to be a missionary. It never dawned on me that all of the work I was doing locally was still mission work! 🙂

    I’m so glad you linked up with Whatever Wednesday! This was great!

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    • Crystal
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 07:22:18

      So happy I could give you a new way to look at it. Taking the gospel to the world is something that is important, but it is easy to forget about home. We can share God’s love with those that are seeking all we want but if there is no foundation for them to turn to all that work will be lost. Continue doing what you’re doing for as long as God has you here. It is where you belong.

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  4. Gentle Joy
    Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:30:19

    This is a good thought-provoking post. I have felt guilty in these ways also, but have realized that I am right where God has me and I am thankful to see Him touching lives through me… in my children, husband, friends, neighbors and more. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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