Are You Willing?
By Susan Norris
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. Matthew 20:26-27 NLT
Missions - most people hear the word and immediately think of a dirty faced child sitting in a mud hut somewhere halfway around the world with no food to eat. Mission is about mud huts and starving children, but it is so much more.
It is walking across the street to meet with an elderly neighbor or taking a casserole to a new mom. Missions is coaching that little league baseball team and encouraging a child, letting him know he matters. It is driving to the hurricane ransacked areas of Louisiana and Texas and helping people rebuild their homes and their lives.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." If you read that verse carefully, you’ll notice the word “or” is not found; however, the word “and” is found four times. The word “and” means also, in addition to.
We are called to minister to the children in mud huts in Africa and those who haven’t heard the name of Jesus in the Middle East. Romans 10:14 says “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” We have to go to the remotest part of the earth. But we also have to remember Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
Our Jerusalem is those closest to us, our family. Our Judea is our city or town that we live in, the people you work with, go to school with, and encounter in the marketplace. And our Samaria is made up of the cities, towns or states close to us…the United States of America. We are not called to minister only to one area. We are called to minister everywhere we go, from our very own households to as far as the Lord will allow us to travel.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus is very specific in the command He gave us.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
“All nations” includes the one across the street and the one across the sea. We need to recognize everywhere we go is our mission field.
In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah overhears the Lord talking, asking “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah raised his hand and replied, “Here am I. Send me!” Will you?
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A powerful voice for hope, international speaker Susan Norris helps teens and women find freedom from strongholds in the areas of purity and spiritual identity. In her debut novel, Rescuing Hope, she frames the realities of sex trafficking in America. This woman of boldness, known to many as Miss Susan, spent countless hours with survivors, their families, detectives and a former pimp, emerging a voice for victims and a catalyst for action among her peers. To learn more about Susan, visit her website at www.susannorris.org. Follow her on Twitter @SusanCNorris or Facebook: Susan Norris Author.
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