Monday, April 3, 2017

Where is Your Mission Field?

So many think that to be a 'missionary' you have to drop your life in the place you are and fly off to a developing country. Not true! Your mission field is wherever you are and your audience your target individual/group is anyone who is in need of and open to the gospel.  It can be your own family, your neighbor/neighborhood, community/town, county/country and abroad if you feel called to go abroad.

What kind of ministry should you have? The same as Christ had. Bring the Gospel to the poor as in needy (those in need of it and seek it but don't know where to look), to release the captives (sinners), give sight to the blind (those that want to see a way out of sin but cannot) and free the oppressed/ imprisoned (those held captive by sin i.e debt, those imprisoned by their sin).

Jesus's public ministry began with teaching in the synagogues of Galilee and was praised by all. And, He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood reading from the book of Isaiah. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord." Luke 4:14-19.

All the above, brings peace, joy and love to the receiver.  In this way, we are free indeed in Jesus Christ ~ John 8:36. Does this mean that you must wander about looking for the one in need, visiting the captive, giving sight to the blind and forgiving those in debt. Yes and know that they are not nor ever are they far from you, they could be in your family, your community, and your own household.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ~ NIV


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