I am deeply burdened by the fact that some people in our churches do not understand that they are missionaries. If you are a Christian, you have been sent by Jesus to the culture and community that you live in.
The mindset that a Christian is not a missionary unless they leave the country is more an excuse to become complacent and stagnant. Here is the problem with that way of thinking.
Jesus gives us the Great Commission in Matthew 28. Jesus says beginning in verse 18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ESV
The Great Commission is not something that Jesus gave us that only applies if we leave the country. If you call yourself a Christian and do not have a passion to see lost people come to know Jesus, you might need to check your salvation.
If you are truly a Christian, the Bible makes it clear that Earth is not our home. You are here as a missionary. You are on assignment. God’s mission is our mission. The whole world is our mission field.
Jesus is our example as the ultimate missionary. Jesus left heaven. Jesus came to Earth, being born of a virgin and growing up to be a man, he lived and taught in such a way that people knew exactly what he was about. He was about his Father’s business. He was about teaching people about God, his character and his attributes.
Jesus says again in John 20:21, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” ESV
Jesus is sending you out. You are a missionary to your community. You have the authority given to you by Jesus to engage culture and share the gospel wherever the Holy Spirit guides you.
Your home, your workplace, your school, the grocery store you shop at, the coffee shop and restaurants you frequent, they are all your mission field.
Just because you live or work in a certain place does not give you the right to withhold sharing the gospel with anyone. Being a missionary does not mean that you get paid. Being a missionary does not mean you have to buy a plane ticket and fly to a remote desert or a third world country. It means that you, as an agent of reconciliation, take the gospel in the love of Christ to as many people as you can in an effort to push them all towards Christ.
If you are passionate about conforming to the image of Christ, you should be compelled to see Jesus draw lost people to himself.
The real question is not whether or not you are a missionary. You are one. The Bible makes a firm statement that anyone who claims to be a disciple of Jesus is a missionary.
The question you should be asking is:
Since I am a missionary, am I being obedient to the call that Christ has given me?