"Masks"! I thought it'd be fun to use the blog series title "masks", as Halloween is this week. Lately, I've seen a lot of examples of these "masks" that young women wear to hide their true identities. Some, because of insecurity, some, due to shame, and some heavily influenced or suggested by culture and pop media. All around us we see different, hypothetical, masks that people wear...
This week, I'd like to focus on some of the masks that keeps us from spreading Gods word. The, "I'm too busy" mask.. or the " I am too young" mask, or the "I am not in Calcutta, so I can't do missions work" mask.
Jesus tells us we need to be "the light of the world", & that we need to "let our light shine before men" (Matthew 5:14-15) How can we do either of these fully or properly while hiding behind a mask? My hope is that by acknowledging these struggles, insecurities and "masks", we can heal, grow and be better lights in this world. I pray we can take the masks off and instead put on the confidence of finding our identity in Christ. Let us be lights in this darkened world, and let our lights shine bright.
God created each of us to glorify Him. Each of us is called to ministry.The bible tells us to "Go MAKE disciples".
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Ad behold, I am always with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
We are ALL called to be missionaries. Just because you're not on staff at a church, a full time missionary in a third world country, or maybe you're not even an adult yet... does not mean you are not called to ministry. Maybe you're not called to go over seas, to some desolate country like Calcutta. BUT You can do ministry from where you are right now...YES! YOU
As Christians, we should be lights everywhere we go. If we are all truly called to spread Gods truth & love.. we need to be missionaries right where we are! Be a light in your job, at your school, to your family..in your own house. Philippians 2:15 tells us,
so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky"
Sometimes our egos get in the way of our serving. We're afraid that someone will look at us funny if we get on our knees and serve them. Especially if God calls us to serve the kid in school who gets picked on...or the guy at work no one likes.. The truth is: we are not better than or too good to serve them. This is hard, especially if we don't have Christian parents, teachers, co-workers. We get so comfortable in our routine, we don't want to step out and serve. But the Bible tells us, "shine among them like stars", "Go to ALL nations", Go MAKE disciples".
I believe we need missionaries in our own country too. Right here. In Canada, in America..wherever you may be.. we have hurting people.
My challenge to you this week, is to be a missionary. Wherever you go. Spread the love of Jesus. Make it a point to talk about Jesus, talk about your church, your youth group etc. If Jesus truly is the most important thing in our lives, it shouldn't be too hard ;)