What does it mean to be on mission for Christ? Ann Voskamp says that all too often, we think of being a missionary as a function of geography.
“We believe we need to go somewhere else. I really believe that Scripture tells us that God has us where we are for a reason, He’s planted us where we are for a reason. There are broken-hearted people around us that need the light of Christ. You don’t need to go somewhere else to do something radically profound for the Kingdom of God.”
No matter where God has you, Ann says there is always going to be someone that God has for you to reach out too.
“Right where you are there’s a single mom, there’s a family struggling with cancer, there are marriages that are struggling. Really close to where you are, there’s a teenager struggling somewhere who needs someone to mentor them. They need someone to come alongside and be real and honest about their faith and what it means to keep company with Christ, to walk with Jesus.”
“There are broken people who are on the outside, not too far away from your front door. but it requires us to slow down and pay attention to people around us.”
We can count on the Holy Spirit to point out to us the people who we should minister too.
“This is a person who needs more of Jesus in their life, can you take the broken way and be broken and give in small ways today?”
What can I do when I find someone in need?
“That might be leaving a note for that person. That might be texting that person just one Bible verse. That might be texting that person I’m praying for you today. That might be picking up the phone and asking them how you can help them. Sometimes the ministry of presence is the greatest gift that we can give someone. I really believe that weakness breaks brokenness.”
Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts and The Greatest Gift.
Key Scripture: Hebrews 11:6
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