Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Twice this week I’ve been asked if I have my passport ready. And I’m sad to say I do not. I did not even know I could apply for a passport on line until I wrote this blog.
The first time I was asked, it was by the singing group, No Other Name. Their song “Lead Me To The Cross” was chosen by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board to promote missions to Northern Africa and the Middle East. During the concert they asked a question I haven’t been able to get out of my mind.
“What would it mean to you if someone traveled around the world to tell you how much Jesus loves you?” Because I've always known about Jesus, I can't even imagine a life devoid of Him. But so many people have never heard His name even.
No Other Name doesn’t just give lip service to the Great Commission—they follow it up by organizing mission trips to different parts of the world. They even have passport applications on the table with their CDs.
The second time I was asked, it was by two people from my church who had just returned from a mission trip to Tanzania. Their description of the people and the living condition of the people in that part of the world shook me out of my complacency. In the village where they went as medical missionaries, one well supplies water for about five thousand people.
But I’m too old…or too young…or too…our excuses go on, don’t they? Mine do. One might be too young, but how old is too old? I have a friend who took her first mission trip to the Philippines when she was 76. And our very own Ponderer Delores Topliff has been on mission trips to the Philippines three times, Mexico, Israel, and South Korea…and to a tributary of the Amazon where Colombia, Peru & Ecuador meet.
I know we all can’t go halfway across the world to be witnesses for Jesus, and maybe God hasn’t called you to a foreign mission field, but He might. Would you be ready?
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