Listening to Love 89, a Christian radio station, I heard someone who had called in telling the hosts that they were preparing to move to Kenya to become a missionary. One of the hosts exclaimed they were already a full-time missionary. The lady realized she was in fact already a missionary even though she had not moved and started yet. It was a cool moment realizing her new vocation had already come to fruition, even though she wasn’t actually there yet.
You may be wondering what this has to do with disability. The above scenario made me realize 1) we are all called to be missionaries, 2) mission work, although challenging, is a very simple concept, and 3) dealing with disability on a daily basis gives us ample opportunities to share with others what God is doing in our lives.
Do you realize that God has called each of us to go out and share the gospel with those around us? There are some who go to foreign lands, but the rest of us are actually called to share right where we live. The “Great Commission” is basically for all of us. Jesus said to 1) Go, 2) Go and tell others, and 3) Go and tell others the “Good News.” What is your “good news?”
When Jesus went across the lake from where he was living and working, he healed the man who had a demon. The man asked to go with Jesus as he went back across the lake. But, Jesus said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19, NIV.
What was this man’s “good news?” That Jesus had mercy on him, drove out the demon, and healed him inside and out.
Jesus gave him his first sermon, which was simply what Jesus had done for him. Wow! That is doable and pretty simple and easy.
What you may not realize is that later on when Jesus goes back across the lake towards the 10 cities of the Decapolis, there are new churches established in the area. I wonder who could have been called to start these churches? Surely this is not a coincidence.
So, the next time in your day to day living when you recognize and see God working in your life and the life of your loved one,
“Go and tell those around you how much the Lord has done for you and how he had mercy on you.”
It is that simple.
We are all “called.” We are all missionaries, whether we realize it or not. What people get from our daily living tells those around us a lot. Just what are we sharing?
I have come to realize people are watching, they truly want to believe that God is real and can be trusted. Am I conveying this simple concept and helping them see this is truth?
We in the disability arena have plenty to tell. I pray we learn to see it and share it often.