Missions Series

Missions is what we are built for

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.

Eternal Investments

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.

Mission series:

1. Mission is your calling, Christian

2. Mission is not about you

3. Missions is life-long

4. Missions is urgent

6. Missions Wrap-up

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7 thoughts on “Missions is what we are built for

  1. Thanks for this reminder! It can be so easy to fall into the trap of comparison, thinking that other people’s gifts are more useful to God than yours. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 12. I think that, not only should an “eye” not look at a “foot” and say, “I don’t need you!”, but each of these parts should also not look at each other and say, “They don’t need me.” It goes both ways.

  2. Great post! A lot of people seem to think that a gift for missions has to be one of the really tradition gifts and sometimes people often try to push away gifts that aren’t traditionally church orientated. This is a great post to remind us all that God gives us the gifts he knows will be best for us.

  3. This is always important to remember, especially for young people on the brink of choosing a career or career path. Any set of talents be used by God and for God. In fact, “non-missions” careers can provide really cool opportunities to further God’s kingdom.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I think God gives us different gifts because he needs people to be “missionaries” in every area of life. The co-workers in your office need to be ministered to just as much as the homeless person down the street.

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