Advice for Serving in Missions from the Christmas Story
From the night Jesus was born into our world, lives would never be the same. His birth is a beautiful piece in the story of how God so loved the world, He sent His only Son.
As Christians, we are called to spread this Good News—to tell others about Jesus and give them a glimpse of His Kingdom that came to earth that night. Perhaps to you this call means becoming involved with missions. It’s a decision that comes with its share of fears and hurdles. Here’s some advice from that historic night in Bethlehem to help you on your way to serving in missions.
The road may not be easy, but it’s where we’re supposed to be
Traveling miles and miles on a donkey, while pregnant, to give birth in a stable surrounded by animals? I wonder if Mary hoped for a grander entrance for the Son of God. I wonder if while holding Jesus in her arms, she considered the responsibility of raising this child. But more than anything, I believe she felt peace and joy, knowing this tiny baby was going to change the world, and God was fulfilling all His promises in their lives.
When we follow God into a life of service, things don’t always go as planned and obstacles are sure to arise. Still, through it all, we can have peace knowing this is the future He has called us to and we are walking in His will. He will provide for us, even if it’s not how we would expect.
The message is joy and hope to everyone
When the birth of Jesus was first announced, it was by a whole chorus of angels filling the sky, singing, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV). The shepherds not only hastened to seek out this joyous happening, but they were compelled to tell others this message of hope.
No matter how we are involved with ministry, our message to everyone should always come back to what Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection means for all of mankind. This joy and hope should be shared with everyone—friends, family, co-workers, someone you meet on a missions trip or in line for coffee.
We aren’t alone
Mary and Joseph may have felt isolated when they started out on their journey, but soon the shepherds came to worship the King, wise men brought unexpected gifts, and God spoke to Joseph to lead them to safety.
The same goes for you. God will place people in your life to encourage and support you. You will meet others who share the same passion and commitment to sharing the Gospel. And because Jesus was born that night, you will have the Holy Spirit to guide and minister to you.
So like the Bethlehem shepherds, go worship our Savior. Then go forth with joy to let others know the Good News!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
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