I always thought missions was a one time thing. Just another thing in our spiritual agenda. Just another thing to check from our Christian “to-do” list. I always wondered, how could someone go out, and into the dirtiest places, to share about Jesus with others, and be so real and passionate about it?
That’s when I started serving Him with an honest and selfless heart, a heart that was unafraid of what other people might think or say.
It wasn’t until my DTS that I realized I have lived my whole life demanding things from God, without giving a bit of myself, without listening to what He had for me. I thought He and I were good, but we weren’t. Before the Lord even asked, I already knew what He wanted from me. I had to fully surrender my life to Him and all that came with it. All my desires, achievements, dreams, and comforts were buried in the sand.
It was the turning point in my life.
That’s when I started serving Him with an honest and selfless heart, a heart that was unafraid of what other people might think or say. I now had a heart that was bold, and willing to walk in obedience. It was then that I started receiving so much from the Lord. The more I gave of myself, the more God gave of Himself. Not only did He start pouring out His blessings, but also started speaking more clearly into my life.
We are called to walk in our true identity, as witnesses of Jesus, knowing that whatever we are doing is from Him, and for Him.
God also gave me His heart for missions. Now, I love missions. I love investing in others, and sharing my faith, even with non-believers. I love building relationships, and giving others a better understanding of God’s love for them. I love going into different nations and helping those in need. What I really love is that these things are not reserved for a single missions trip; they are part of our everyday life.
I learned that it doesn’t matter if we are studying at university, sitting in an office for hours, goofing off with our friends, or sipping a caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks— we are always on a “mission”. We are called to walk in our true identity, as witnesses of Jesus, knowing that whatever we are doing is from Him, and for Him.
Written by Jenny Pascher