And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
“I’m not called.”
This is a usual expression we hear from people being asked about “missions.” It’s an expression coming from someone who only views missions as “going out” or “being sent.” One important thing that we often forget is that missions is not just about moving out of your country and moving into someone else’s.
If Jesus is in your heart, you are already called to do missions. (Matthew 28:19-20) Every believer is called, but not all are commanded to go. So how can you be involved?
Here are ways to be involved in missions:
As you can see from the list, praying can easily get you involved in missions. We can get involved in missions by simply praying for our missionaries, our churches, and our leaders. The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. So what must we do? We have to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers, but we can’t just stop there. We ought to pray for their daily needs such as financial provision, physical and emotional strength, wisdom, guidance, and protection.
Jesus knew the importance of prayer. He prayed all the time throughout his ministry, even to his last days on earth. (Luke 5:16, John 17)
What about you? When was the last time you prayed for other people, for your church, for your church leaders, for your missionaries, and for those persecuted Christians in other nations?