What is a missionary to you? Really, take a moment to answer that question.
Does a missionary go overseas?
Help with an orphanage?
Speak at your church or raise money?
Why do we so often think of a missionary as someone else? Someone that lives far away, or merely an option?
Yet, when I read the Bible, I hear over and over again, “Go.” “I send you.” “Share me with others.”
I do not hear, ever, “He can go.” “I’ll send them.” Or “Only she should share me with others.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 ESV
What does this mean? Do I need to travel to Jerusalem or the Middle East?
No. Luke was writing to call believers into a higher purpose and to invite them into a beautiful story of redemption that needs to be shared with the world, their world.
Jerusalem: Their town, your neighborhood needs to hear of Christ.
Jedea: Their community, your county needs to hear of Christ.
Samaria: Their foes, your enemies and societies “untouchables” need to hear of Christ.
Do you see a theme here? You are called. You are sent. That may include living in a foreign country, but that may also include living in your neighborhood or apartment complex.
Go. Be sent. Share Christ with your neighbors, coworkers, students, friends, bag boy… Be sent.