When I think of a missions project, I think of the church trips I used to go on in middle school. We would repaint houses, help out homeless shelters, and one time, we went to Mississippi to clean up after Hurricane Katrina. Through our actions, my group got to show the love of Christ to the people we interacted with and the cities we helped. And it was great! But missions projects aren’t limited to physical work. A missions project can be anything that leads others to a growing relationship with Christ.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 28:19
God calls us all to be “disciple makers” which simply means He wants us to spread his love everywhere we go. All power to you if you feel called to do global missions, but for those of you who are like me and have no desire to leave the US, being a disciple maker can and should happen at home. So what does being a disciple maker look like?
No matter where you live, you have an opportunity to pour God’s love into others. You can do this by volunteering with your campus ministry or your local church. But you can also demonstrate God’s love by the way you live your life. If you love with a Christ-like love, then you’re doing mission work. When your heart is constantly pursuing Christ, others will notice because it’s impossible not to notice when you’re experiencing the love and joy of the Father. And that will lead to curiosity and conversation, which gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to work through you.
So being a disciple maker can include something specific like leading a bible study, or it can be simply loving your friends unconditionally, the way that God loves you. Wherever you are in your faith, know that God can use you. You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, you never will. But God does, and He has given you His Holy Spirit to speak for you. So don’t be afraid to live life confident in God’s ability to use you. God already made you a disciple maker when you accepted the gift of His love. However you feel Him calling you, whether it’s joining your campus ministry or giving up an activity that is hindering your relationship with Christ, answer that call and you will never regret it.
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