“I don’t know if I could ever love another people like I do the people in Mozambique,” I shared this past week in conversation with friends.
“It’s not about the people. It’s about the gospel,” my very wise friend responded.
He is right. Life as a missionary or any believer for that matter should be about exalting Christ and sharing the gospel no matter the person or people group. The Quichua people of Ecuador need to hear the gospel just as much as the Shangaan of Mozambique as does the wealthy American businessman as much as the poor village woman of India.
I’ve been pondering this and wondering how it applies to our lives now as we leave our ministry here in South Africa and seek the Lord in pursuing another wherever He leads us. Am I just as interested in seeing the grocery clerk in Illinois come to salvation as I am the parking attendant in South Africa? Will I be just as content serving in my home church as I would be living among the Auca Indians of South America?
Yes, God does indeed send missionaries to different people groups but hopefully we are first faithful to the people groups of family members, friends and co-workers He has placed around us that need to hear the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” -Romans 1:16
Do you share the gospel as much in your hometown as you do when on a mission trip to a foreign country? Do you find it easier to share on a mission trip than you do in your daily life? Why do you think that is?