The summer of 2017 had been a wild ride. My life had changed (for the better) drastically. God had given me new relationships, new families, new skills, a new heart. No longer was I simply a high school student, I was a sinner justified by the redeeming grace of Christ. As talked about in the previous blog entry, my desire became pursuing the glory of God. With every breath I took I was eager to meet Him everywhere I went. Every opportunity I had, I used that to share this deep joy that I could not let simply rest inside of me. I had to share it. I had to be on a mission. That is the next part of The Journey: mission.

“Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!”

Psalms 96:3

So, a month after this wondrous time in my life ignited I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip with my youth group. We traveled to St. Louis, Missouri and essentially ran an outdoor VBS (Vacation Bible School) for a week in July. God used this entire week to continue to pour into my life, growing me as His disciple. My thirst for being on mission was being satisfied.

This trip widened my eyes to how the Lord works, and simply His majesty in working. His divine providence is what guides all of creation, and my heart was truly opened to that during this trip. Even if our team encountered barriers God still provided for us. The unity created by people on mission pursuing the same task was also another important takeaway from this trip. People from across the entire scope of the midwest were united as a family for the purpose of the gospel. This alone was breathtaking to witness, as a true bond was created out of one core foundational concept: Jesus is King.

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” Philippians 1:27-28 ESV

Being on mission is an important part of the Christian walk. Not only is every believer called to this great task (Matthew 28:18-20), but every believer should have a desire for some form of mission. Whether this desire be talking to others about the gospel, writing down thoughts on a blog, preaching, or even spreading the gospel overseas as a missionary, all are called to the great task of proclaiming the good news. Think about it. If you have such a life-changing message, why would you not keep that in? This is why (if you aren’t a believer) many Christians always desire gospel conversations: because they care about you enough to share this life-changing love story. 

Missions are a great task of the Christian faith. Immediately succeeding this trip, the mission still never stopped. Wherever I was, I was continuing to strive for a missionary mindset with the glory of God as my drive. That entire summer had been a season of growth and revelation. All seasons do change however, and I was eventually greeted with trials. The Journey will venture to its next destination: trials.

Application

  • Why is it important to share the gospel?
  • Why do all believers share the gospel?
  • Do you believe in the life-changing love story that is the gospel?