We live in a time period and country where outsourcing is popular. Basically, we pay people to do the things we don’t want to do or are too busy to do. We find experts (or cheaper labor) and allow them to do the task for us. Statistics suggest that in the last 10 years the US has outsourced more than 3 million jobs to China. Now, I’m not really going to go into the issues of that because that’s not my thing. But what I will suggest is that the church has taken a similar path and outsourced some of responsibilities.
One of the major functions of the church is missions, and that can be read globally or locally. Whatever the case, the church has the job of being present and engaged in the lives of people. We do this by sharing our faith and the good news, offering hope, making new disciples and teaching Jesus (and his lessons). Most of us know the Great Commission and can quote it. “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.” Unfortunately, too many churches and believers have adopted this unhealthy philosophy that missions are reserved for missionaries and not everyone. So, we write a check (occasionally) for our church’s or denomination’s mission team (for Disciples this would be Division of Overseas Ministries) and believe we have somehow fulfilled our obligation.
Well, I hate to burst your bubble. There’s so much more required of you. Every believer of Jesus has been called to GO and make disciples. Some of us have a specific call to leave our jobs and country to move to a foreign part of the world and be a traditional missionary. Others of us have local callings that mean making disciples on our jobs, sports teams and civic organizations. The what-our calling-has never changed. Since Jesus spoke those famous words this has been the call; go. The where and how may change several times in all of our lives. But to refuse to go is to knowingly be disobedient.
How will you live out your call today? Where are you being sent?
(If you would like to discuss this with a local pastor please do not hesitate to contact me!)