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Mission Trips aren’t as important as Missional Living (1 of 2)

July 21, 2010

As you read this, I’m currently leading a mission trip in the 3rd world country of Ecuador. We are building basic homes in the jungle, painting school classrooms that have been rundown, loving on orphans, hugging the elderly, and doing all of this b/c of one reason: We believe love conquers over all broken and ugly things. We’ve sacrificed money, time, comforts – all to express Jesus to those who need to see His love. But if we don’t do the same back home, this is all in vain. Mission trips are great, but missional living is what we’re destined for.

If God is love, and we are made in His image and likeness, surely there is enough love in this world to wipe away every tear that falls from the eyes of those afflicted by pain, hunger, ware, or some other misery.

I was thinking the other day, What barriers stop us from living every second like we’re on a mission trip? What gets in the way of us loving others constantly to God? Well, I thought of a handful, and some are below and the other half of our selfish reasoning will be displayed next week:

WE’RE QUICK TO RESPOND, BUT ALSO QUICK TO FORGET.

We, especially my generation, are moved by intense, dramatic displays of horror and injustice. And we may be willing to open up a vein and start giving until our blood is drained, but only for a few days. Then the memory fades as quickly as our favorite cable news network jumps to another rest of news alerts, and for us, life moves on to more present and exciting things. I mean, when is the last time you prayed for Haiti? The earthquake is only 5 months old.

WE’RE MEDIA-MOVED PEOPLE.

I don’t know about you, but if I see a movie depicting the horrors of genocide, I’m only as soon as the credits rool wanting to make a donation to www.genocideintervention.net. We witness reporters in a foreign land filled with hunger and we vie to come with suitcases full of food. But we do not have this love and inspiration to love those around us. We aren’t compelled to take our emotional hurting co-worker out to lunch just to love on them. We’re moved by the media, not by the heart of Christ.

WE WILL GIVE FREELY, AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T HURT.

Like the law-abiding rich young man in Matthew 19 who wanted to do “good,” we struggle to give up our own comfort to heed the call of Christ; we’re constantly looking for easy and/or indulgent ways to give. But as Mother Theresa said once, “I hope you are not giving only your surplus. You must give what costs you, make a sacrifice, go without something you like, that your gift may have some value before God. Then you will be truly brothers and sisters to the poor who are deprived of even the things they need.”[1]

Stay tuned next week for the other three reasons why we purposefully choose to not live a life full of mission everyday.

Zach


[1] Jose Lui Gonzales-Balado and Janet N. Playfoot, eds., My Life for the Poort (San Francisco: Harper and Row Publishers, 1985), 32.

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July 21, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

1 Comment »

  1. You are so right, Zach! Thank you for all that you do for God’s kingdom. We so appreciate your love for God and your willingness to share it with others!

    Keeping you and your mission team in prayer!
    – Debby and family

    Comment by Deb Hoerger | July 23, 2010 | Reply


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