September 21 You Are a Missionary

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:1–15

Key Verse: Romans 10:14

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Glancing over the bulletin as you settle into the pew on Sunday, you notice the sermon topic is missions. Privately you relax a little, anticipating stories of people in faraway places instead of a message of challenge and conviction.

As the pastor begins to speak, you tune out mentally. After all, you are not a missionary. You don’t even know any missionaries personally. Why should you listen?

For a very good reason—Jesus gave the Great Commission to all His children (Matt. 28:18–20). God is the One who convicts and saves and sanctifies, but He calls you to be a part of that process on earth by being a witness for Christ.

Are you being disobedient if you do not leave home to tell others about Jesus? No. God does not call all believers to be traveling missionaries. He wants most of His children to stay at home and be testimonies to those around them.

But if you are a home missionary, you also have the privilege and responsibility of supporting those God has called. As brothers and sisters in the Lord and fellow laborers, they need your daily prayer and encouragement.

The next time someone talks about missions, listen closely. You’re a missionary too.

Master, You have called me to be a witness. I am a missionary. Help me understand and fulfill this divine mandate.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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