Missions

It’s About the Gospel Not the People

Teaching the Shangaan women in 2011
Teaching the Shangaan women in 2011

“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?

7 thoughts on “It’s About the Gospel Not the People”

  1. Love your thoughts here, Deb. This was a timely read for me. I am actually reading through Romans right now, and yesterday, I had a chat with a friend about our lost family members. I do believe that is my mission field right now.

  2. so true – my parents always raised me with the idea that if i’m not ministering right where i am, i have no right to go overseas. it always bothers me when people act like they can’t be missionaries where they are now. we are always telling other people about Jesus – it’s just a question of WHAT we’re telling them with our lives.

  3. Hi Debbie! I think we all spread the gospel in different ways, depending on the circumstances. Of course, on a mission trip it’s easier to be more ‘out there’ with the message. At the grocery store in Illinois, you might have to be more subtle. But it’s all God’s work, and all very valid.
    Great question to ponder though!
    Ceil

  4. Love, indeed, knows no boundaries like the physical ones we erect politically, culturally, economically. I love that you are learning to embrace such a wide tribe, friend.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Unforced Rhythms.

  5. I do find it easier to minister there. For me it’s because they are so more receptive. I’ve visited wealthy neighborhoods trying to share the gospel and they are by far the hardest. I have to remember to not give up..there may be that one that will listen.

  6. “…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.”

    Such an important truth! Sometimes it seems easier to love those in a foreign place more than those we have to deal with day in and day out. But we need to love whoever is around us. Thanks for sharing this, Debbie.

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