Sometimes as Christians who are not involved in full-time ministry we feel a sense of helplessness in making a difference for the global cause, or worse yet, we don’t even think about it. We are all to be working together for the good works Christ has set for us to do (Ephesians 2:12 ). But you don’t have to be a full-time missionary or pastor to be a part of this beautiful story in God’s plan. Here are 5 things you can do to help with the global mission in your everyday life as a member of the body of Christ.
1) PRAY! – Never underestimate the power and necessity of prayer in God’s work! Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit around the world and in the work of specific missionaries you know. Pray for more workers to bring in the harvest. Pray broadly and specifically. If you know of specific needs of missionaries, pray that those needs would be met. Pray for the missionaries that they would have a good witness, that their lives would be a testimony, that they would endure and grow in their love and servanthood to the people they are ministering to. Pray for your churches; healthy churches equip and train God’s people for good works including that of missions.
2) Be Aware- The fact that you are reading this article is a sign that you are on the right path to awareness! Make a point to be aware of what is going on in missions around the world and the spiritual condition and needs on a more global scale. Ask questions about the missionaries you know about, be aware of what is going on around the world. As Christians we cannot hide from what is happening around us–we must be active members promoting God’s kingdom of which we are members and ambassadors for.
3) Give- Giving does not have to come in the form of a check or cash, it doesn’t have to be limited to money. You can give time and resources, as well as finances! These kinds of giving have infinite faces. It could mean being a supporter of a specific missionary. It could mean you volunteer with a missions organization. It could look like a fundraiser, or a giving of material things that are needed for missions-related work. Giving could even include the area of encouragement. Missionaries need encouragement just like everyone else. Giving of biblical encouragement and lifting each other up is an important way to give to missions (1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:29). Find creative ways to give.
4) Spread the news- This suggestion is two-fold. First, there is spreading of the “good news,” the gospel to those without Christ who are around you in your daily life. Sharing Him both through word of mouth, in the form of evangelism, outspoken praise, your personal story of God’s work in your life, and through actions (our love identifies us with Christ–1 John 4:7-13). Second is the sharing with other believers about the global mission and specific stories and needs that are happening around the world. Talk about missions and God’s mission in the world with your fellow believers.
5) Be open to God’s leading- Be open to God’s leading in your life and willing to follow whereever that may lead you, whether to the mission field or to working in a literal field. Don’t close yourself off from seeing the needs around you and around the world. Instead be confident, not in your own ability, but in God’s ability to use you in any way he sees fit, effectively and to his glory. Pray about it, individually, and if you are married or have a family discuss and pray about it with them as well. Have faith in a God who will equip you for the work he has set out for you to do!