I keep hitting a wall. Not literally, that would be stupid. In planning my future, I keep hitting a wall because I want to do missions, but I am definitely not gifted as a pastor, evangelist, or church planter. During this past year, my prayer to Lord has repeatedly sounded like this: “Darn it Lord! Why did you make me a writer? I want to work with people and do missions. How does writing–sitting in front of a laptop typing–fit in with that?”
Then, at Urbana, I discovered that God gives talents and passions so that we can go into all the world and preach the gospel, not because he is inhibiting us. My ability to write is for missions.
The Ten Minas
Most of us know the story of the Ten Minas in Luke 19:11-27 pretty well. The parable is about a young ruler who leaves three of his servants in charge of three different amount of money (minas). The first two invest and gain on their investments, but the third one buries his mina in the ground and wastes the opportunity to use it. Jesus used this story as an example about how to wisely invest finances in order to glorify God with stewardship.
At least, that’s what I had always been taught the story was about. In reality, the Ten Minas is a story of how we, as Christians, are to invest every facet of our lives to glorify God with stewardship. The minas are the talents and passions that God has given us. And we’ve been given the responsibility to invest them, not waste them.
What are your minas? Are they your passion for photography, your savvy for business, your relational personality, or your computer skills? Don’t condemn your gift if you don’t think it “fits” traditional missions. And by “missions,” I mean sharing the Gospel with a non-Christian. We’re all called to that, and God even gave us each unique gifts (even writing) to help accomplish his purposes.
See my review on GoCorps for an organization that is targeting people with skills who want to do missions.