We Win Through Being Everyday Missionaries – Part 1
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart.”
- Neil Anderson
Did you know that we are all called to be missionaries every day? The average person has a mental construct of missionary work being abroad in the jungles of some third-world country replete with sleeping on dirt floors, eating little to no food, and keeping an eye out for wild animals with whom you may temporarily share living quarters. Let me challenge you, however, to actively renovate your paradigm concerning the work of the missionary. The work of the missionary, in the life of the believer, can occur in everyday circumstances. This is what I call being an “Everyday Missionary”.
An Everyday Missionary is a missionary at ALL TIMES, to ALL PEOPLE, in ALL PLACES, to the end that God receives ALL OF THE GLORY! This means that we actively share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in words and deeds in every context of our lives, at every given moment, and to anyone with whom we come into contact. You don’t have to be called to international missions to be a missionary, but you can be an Everyday Missionary right in the center of your individual local context effectively sharing the Gospel.
For the purposes of this particular writing we will focus on WHEN to be an Everyday Missionary while giving emphasis to the other components of everyday missionary work in subsequent blog posts. An Everyday Missionary is a missionary at ALL TIMES! This means we are always witnessing and testifying of our Christian faith even when we aren’t aware that we are being observed.
As Everyday Missionaries we must be cognizant that there are men and women who will never set foot inside of a church yet they are watching our lives. They are watching how we respond to adversity. They are watching how we navigate our marital and family relationships. They are watching how we engage with society and how we conduct ourselves civically. In other words, we through the commonplace activities of our lives serve as “living epistles” that are being read through observation every day.
When we become aware that our lives are literally being “read” every day at ALL TIMES it should prompt us to conduct our lives in a way that consistently draws men and women to Jesus Christ. There should be something about the way that we conduct ourselves that confirms that we have been with Christ. Even when the context is a contradictory one, there should be something about the way that we handle adversity that attests that we are sons and daughters of God and serves as an access point by which we can actively share the Gospel!
Make a decision today to be an effective Everyday Missionary at ALL TIMES knowing that it glorifies our Heavenly Father!
Dr. Craig L. Oliver - #iWINatEBC
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posted by Catrina Willingham
Friday, 17 March 2017 16:30
This is a good word and reminder for each of us. Thank you, Pastor, for pushing us to be better.Report Comment Link
posted by Leeritta
Monday, 13 March 2017 21:41
Excellent message! Thank you for sharing.Report Comment Link
posted by Leeritta
Monday, 13 March 2017 21:40
Great message! Thank you.Report Comment Link
posted by Katherine Morrison
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:17
Great message! Thank you!Report Comment Link
posted by Gina
Monday, 13 March 2017 08:58
Excellent reflection.Report Comment Link
posted by Sonjuia
Monday, 13 March 2017 08:48
Thought provoking and well said. Thank you for offering practical examples.Report Comment Link