John 17:18-19 “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. Joh 20:21 as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
Acts 1:8…and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Our C2C and Salt and Light family has a motto that express a mandate God has given. “We are a family together on God’s mission.” Missions is at the heart of our calling as a family of God.
One of the biggest misconceptions that limits God’s people from being “salt and light” in the earth is our approach to missions. Jesus said we are “sent into the world” in the same way He was sent into the world. He also said we are to be witnesses “both in” Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the remotest part of the earth. When He uses the term “both in” it means at the same time.
Unfortunately many of God’s people think missions is something we do in a far away place and only a few saints are able to be involved. The truth is we are to do missions everywhere, all the time, both far and near. Every morning when our feet hit the ground we are on a mission’s trip with God. Missions is not just something we do when we go across the ocean. It also includes going across the office, across the store, across the street, as well as across the ocean. Missions is everywhere all the time.
Our heroes are not just to be those famous missionaries who go to remote places that most of us will never go. They are also those people who go to work everyday sent by Jesus who see their everyday life as their mission field. One such person is Gerald Darden from OdessaMo. He works part time as a Pizza Hut delivery guy. Everyday he labors to see God’s influence on his co workers and customers.
One of the ways he does it is to pray for people. He shares with them about Jesus, showing them His love, and releasing the power of God through prayer. He has made such an impact that recently his coworkers gave him an award with a certificate titled “God’s Healer.” What an amazing reward from coworkers and bosses! To be know as “God’s Healer” from both unbelievers and believers alike. That is influence! That is missions! Way to go Gerald!