Talk about missions without imagining a Christian with a backpack and a worn out suit in an underdeveloped country is almost impossible for most people.
The concept of missionary has been distorting itself over time. Christians today are even divided between those who “have called a missionary” and those who do not. But is thinking this way correct? Is it only a missionary who is sent to an underdeveloped country?
After all, what is mission?
In the dictionary, we have the main definition of “mission” as the “an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes”. So, basically, be a missionary is to fulfill an assignment that was given to you by someone who is at the head of the mission. Right?
We must understand then that if everything is done of Him, by Him and for Him. The mission is entirely of Him!
Rom 11:36 “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen”.
And what is the mission?
The mission is simple and was left by God Himself incarnate, Jesus Christ. And it was not a mission left only for those eleven who heard the message from the mouth of the Messiah himself. But for the whole church, until the Lord’s return! We call this talk of Jesus “The Great Commission.” And if we analyze carefully, we will see that if the mission is an assignment, commission is a duty!
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”.
Dissecting the great commission we see that all the details of the mission are very clear:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…”- We understand that the authority upon the mission belongs to Him and that is why he is commissioning people to be part of the work that he himself began to do.
“Go and make disciples of all nations … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – We understand that we have all been commissioned, we are now in charge of making disciples of all nations, including ours.
What do I need to be part of the mission?
The first thing to do to be a missionary is to accept Jesus and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus only began his mission after being baptized by John, the Baptist (Matt 3:13).
It is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit. It is He who gives power, courage and authority for the mission to be accomplished.
Acts 1:4 “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (5) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
(8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After that, then the mission begins. Which is more detailed the moment Jesus sends the twelve apostles.
Matt 10:7 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ (8) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give”.
We were very fooled into thinking that these things were only meant for the disciples of Jesus at that time. As Christians, we are disciples of Jesus too. The same word is extended to all who believe in Him and have been baptized. When Jesus said that something was given to the disciples “for free”. He said about Himself and about His message. This has passed from one to another since that time. So it becomes present today in our lives together with the mission that was left by the King of Kings.
Starting the mission
Now that all that is needed to become part of Christ’s great commission has been done, just go. Feed daily from the Word of God, pray to the Lord for direction and wisdom, and fast to be ever nearer to Him. Along with this, tell everyone what you can about forgiveness of sins and the things Jesus has done in your life. Announce the gospel (good news) to your parents, siblings, uncles, cousins and the whole family. Talk about the love of Christ for the people of your job or your academic environment. Do not forget: make disciples! You cannot planting a seed and refuse watering it to grow.
Of course, we won’t forget. There are people who are called to be sent to the nations. Like the missionaries we see going to other countries. But now, understanding what the mission is, we know that being a missionary does not necessarily mean going to Africa.
May God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, grant you grace, peace and the power of the Holy Spirit so that every mission may be accomplished until the end of the world. Amen!
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Great write up Marcelo. However, I wholeheartedly agree with Roselyn about using wrongly only going to Africa as an example of a mission. Our Lord made it crystal clear“Go into the WORLD and make disciples of all nations.” This being said, , I also understand where the writer is coming from using Africa as an example because the make believe by most missionaries which is a huge misconception is that, to be a missionary one must kick off from Africa.
Thank you for write up. Good reminder of our Christian calling. For future write ups i suggest you use least racial related examples (“missionary does not mean going to Africa). Am sure u agree with me that it’s not only Africa that needs to be reached. Thanks
My life mission statement: As a Marked Man for Christ, I co create a world of freedom by speaking the truth in love so that others may know and experience truth freedom and by acknowledging my wounds and embracing others on their journey of restoration.
Thank you for this article. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
I’m waiting for God to baptized me in the Holy Spirit before i go out to preach the gospel of the kingdom, what should i be doing while i wait?
Thank you for this great article.
Since, occasionally, I have been blessed to deliver a word to our small, local congregation; I will be keeping some notes from here in my repertoire of messages I would like to deliver.
We often forget that the mission field is everyone we have contact with.
This is awesome…….
This message is right onbyine with my testimony. So Grateful the Holy Spirit has guided me during my daily walk, in my time of hurts, disapointments with encouragements as I continue to Strive / Move Forward. I’m Grateful My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has his hands on me…..
No weapon formed against me shall NEVER prosoer; I’ve been healed by the WORD OF GOD.
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Love the word. Keep on blessings God’s people with the word
Thank you so much for sharing with me what is my mission as a Christian I really appreciate I will start to pray to God about my missionary duties to give me directions and wisdom and fast to be ever nearer to him and proclaim the good news to everyone about forgiveness of sin and the things Jesus has done in my life especially the love of hrist for the people of my job. I will pray over it and need your support and prayers. Please right now the Devil attacks me morning afternoon evening and night so I need your prayers. Once again thank you so much in Jesus Precious Name
Wow! This message is beautiful! God bless
Thank you for this inspirational post. May you be blessed to keep on the good work for our Heavenly Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Eph 3 God gave gifts to the church the body of Christ. Pastors, teachers, apostles evangelise, prophets, etc. Apostles build churches going with the gospel the good news of Jesus. Jesus said go into all THE WORLD and preach the gospel. The commission to go is for the Body of Christ wherever we are it’s our mission field. The Body of Christ sits around for Apostles to go and evangelize the world. Thanks for the opportuniy to respond.
I agree, mission is hard work! But it is our responsibility as children of God, we who love him, to pass on the good news of SALVATION! To plant seeds when and were we can, Amen! Telling our brothers and sisters who they are in the body of christ! About the father, that loves us, so much! And how he has showed up in our lives, changing us, forever!
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Thanks for the confirmation I was just ministering to someone and praying for God to so me my mission GOD BLESS
God bless you my brother in christ and may God pour his blessing to you and your love ones., Keep up the fight because the End is near.
Beautiful!! This message came right to my heart, and explain a lot things to me .
Very Inspiring, thank you so much for this exposition! It’s very impactful!! Hid bless you!!
May God bless you
Thank you for your message and encouragement to be on a mission for our Lord Jesus Christ. Let every moment in our lives be served as a mission for his holy name. God bless you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marcelo Brandão, 23 years old, communication professional. I was drawn in the clay to be a bond of love between Jesus and the people.
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Words of true child of God. Reminded me of my true mission as a Christian. God bless you abundantly
I am blessed with your words. Stay blessed.
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Amen and Amen , thanks for today’s word making us understand more of God’s word , May God continue to bless you abundantly