22 Feb Reaching Your “Mission Field”
Missionaries serving across the world aren’t the only ones on the mission field. God has called you to reach people right where you are. In this episode of The Graceful Life Podcast, Ashley gives some practical ways you can start reaching your mission field today!
I’m excited to end the You Are Called series with a bang and really help you to determine how you can practically reach your mission field.
You are called to reach people, and you have passions in your life that can really be used for the purpose of God’s kingdom. God has called you to reach people right where you are.
And so, once you know your passion and your talents, you can start putting your hands to work. You can start putting action to the last couple of posts about finding out what your purpose is, start living it out. I wanted to share a couple of practical ways that you can serve the people around you.
Serving through groups
First, you can hand to hand, face to face serve with people, creating relationships with people.
Say, you are really into fitness and running. You could create a running club that at the end of the run you guys sit together and have a devotion time that corresponds to fitness and health. That is something that can really meet a need and open doors for you to reach people that don’t know the Lord.
Secondly, you can serve by having a type of support group. I have a friend who is a nurse, and she created a cancer support group for women and men who needed that support. She had cancer and she created this group for people who really didn’t have a lot of hope in their lives at that time, and she was able to pour the hope of God into their lives.
You can also practically serve by mentoring young couples in your home. If your marriage is strong and you have been seeking the Lord, then maybe mentoring young couples is something that you really want to do. Maybe, invite them over and help their parenting if they have been asking for that.
Hospitality is definitely becoming a lost art. We are called to use everything that we have for God’s glory and for His purpose, and this includes your home. Whenever you open your home, being hospitable, cooking for them, or if you have an event at your home, allowing people to bring food and just gather around the table. That is a form of ministry, that is kind of dying out.
A few years back the Lord blessed us with a home. This home is going to be used for His glory. We decided it had a pretty large open area, so I can open up my home and minister to people through the home that God has blessed me with.
Serving by giving
Another way you can practically serve is by giving.
Maybe you are sorting out all of your kids’ clothes and there is a ton of stuff that doesn’t fit them. Instead of selling them, or taking them to the Salvation Army, you could find specific people who need them. Wash and fold them, then take them to a family who needs them in a way that doesn’t feel like they’re just getting charity, but that you’re really loving them with the heart of Jesus.
You could minister to moms. There is a program called Babies, Blankets, and Bibles where people in the church go out and minister to single moms, giving their children blankets and Bibles, and open up their hearts and meet a need right where the person is.
Many times we forget that hunger is right in front of us.
Serving by teaching
Another way that you can serve is by teaching. There are many people in your community who speak a different language and need to learn English for work or their kid’s school. You can help them with that.
You can teach cooking to people and young moms by teaching them how to create healthy lunches or just simple, healthy meals. You can teach them to create a budget. You can teach health to the people in your community. You can teach a skill.
Greasy Hands for God taught young men how to be a mechanic. A lot of times, we think that things that come naturally to us come naturally to everybody, but that is not the case. If there is something you excel at, teach it.
Serving through Social Media
James says, “Faith without works is dead.”
If we love the Lord, and we are serious about serving him, we have to put deeds into the mix. Serving is how we show the love of Christ.
Social media can be something that opens doors for you to reach people that maybe had been part of your life growing up and now are not. You never know when you plant a seed, maybe by just sharing something that the Lord has done in your life, on social media.
We need to make sure that we’re not pushing the negative. You have friends that are always negative, or “Woe is me.” and if you have been posting like that, then consider deleting some of that stuff and change your attitude on social media. These are their first impression of us on social media.
If you are constantly complaining, then that’s what they’re going to kind of relate with Christ, and we don’t want that. We want to be intentional with our social media and use it for God’s glory. You don’t have to post a Bible verse five times a day, just to show the love of Jesus through social media.
Serving through Passions
Another out of the box way to serve is that if you have a particular passion, you can start an online blog and have an online presence where you can attract people who are just like you, and minister to people through there, like my blog.
I have ministered to people through my blog and through the devotions that I put on there, and through programs that I would never know otherwise. If you’re not part of the Girl of Grace group, you can go and sign up, or just join for free. There I am able to pour into their lives, pray for them on a regular basis, and really reach people through technology, through the blog.
If you have a particular passion, maybe it is fashion or cooking, or money, or health, or photography, consider maybe creating an online presence for yourself in that passion and using it to glorify the Lord.
I hope that I encouraged you today. If you are curious about what you can do, I would love to hear if you had an idea of a way that you can reach your mission field.
If you have a question about this send an email to [email protected] or you can connect with me over on Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to hear from you. Until then, see you next week.