Adventures in Short Term Missions
The first step is to make a quality decision to go. Much of what God does towards our destiny first begins with a decision and act of will on our part. On my first trip to Mexico in 1984 it was only after I made up my mind to go that everything else began to fall into place. ‘If you are willing …’ Isaiah 1:19.
The second step is more practical. Simplify your life so that you can be available for mission’s opportunities. Get out of debt and begin to put finances aside beforehand. Rule of thumb is that money should never stop you from obedience to missions. I have seen many single moms who trusted God to go and have never been stopped or limited because of money. Get an updated passport in place now and avoid the panic of last minute delays. ‘…Be ready in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2.
The third step is determining to be a person who is spiritually ready in season and out. Boarding an aircraft does not make a spiritual giant, but de-boarding on the other end with something to offer the people says a lot about who you are. Missions starts at home where you serve your family, community and church. Only export what you have first imported into your life. Greatness starts right where you are. An Appropriate quote I heard recently applies. “Wherever I go, there I am!” ‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed…’ 2 Timothy 2:15.
The fourth step is get your eyes off yourself. God used a donkey and a chicken to do His will. Missions isn’t about you, it’s about Jesus. He is not looking for perfect vessels, but yielded ones. Begin to believe that God can not only use you, but that he wants to use you. God has amazed me every time I have been willing. Mission’s is not about what you can do, but what God can do through you by His grace (empowerment). ‘But by the grace of God I am what I am…’ 1 Corinthians 15:10.
The fifth step, after you have returned home is to cultivate a great commission heart and mentality. Let it grow into every part of your life and service for the King. Don’t allow the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches to dilute your heart and passion. Refuse the Rat Race and stay impassioned for the Human Race so that you might finish The Race for the glory of His kingdom and not be ashamed of His appearing. ‘Finally, there is laid up for me the crown…’ 2 Timothy 4:8.
Pastor Paul Juss: Victory Church on the Rock, Grande Prairie, Alberta