Testimony & Love by Jacob Blouse

Jacob Blouse   -  

Anyone who knows me on a personal level, knows how close mission work is to my heart.

 

A few months back I wanted to do some zoom interviews to help the people of our church get to know the missions we support. After recording the first interview someone emailed me and said, “This is pretty cool. Not many people take the time to highlight the work and ministry being done through missionaries.”

 

After reading this, I though to myself – What if this is meant to be done on a larger platform than I thought it could be?

 

This was the idea that launched “Mission Talk.”

 

The whole purpose of Mission Talk is to highlight mission organizations, both large and small, and give them a platform to tell us who they are, what they do, and how you can be involved.

 

According to our research, there has never been a video podcast like this.

 

Now, the point of this DEVO is not to persuade you to go and watch the show – even though i think you should. 😉 https://solo.to/missiontalkpodcast

I want to use this article to share a little bit about what I have learned about sharing love from my interviews with missionaries.

 

I did an interview with a couple this week that started an organization with the soul purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. I was taken from hearing the stories they told about Bibles being brought into Russia, planting a church in Iraq, dealing with ISIS, and many other stories showing the mission of leading the lost to Jesus. They have faced so many dangerous situations where the threat of death was obvious. However, their passion for sharing the love of Jesus was more important than their lives.

 

This was just one of many conversations I have had with missionaries.

 

Two of the places we find the Great Commission is in the books of Matthew and Acts:

 

And Jesus came and said to them, “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 and of the 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.” Matthew 28:18-20

 

“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

 

Not every person is called to go and start a church in a foreign country. However, every single disciple of Christ is called into missions. Just like the Apostle Paul wrote in Acts, we are to be witnesses in Jerusalem. Which is interpreted as your home.

How are you being a witness or missionary in your home? In your local community?

 

Let me tell you a secret… It’s easier than you think.

 

Christ has given each of us a testimony. A story to share. More often than not, people want to hear about how Jesus changed your life. Each of us are born with the desire to feel wanted, so we look for somewhere or someone to put our hope in. 

 

Christ also gives us the commandment of showing love.

 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’] There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

 

You may of heard this verse preached so many times in the church. Although you may of heard or even read it… are you living it? Not just living a little bit of it. Living a portion of what God has called you to do is worthless. Christ describes this act as something that makes Him sick to His stomach.

 

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

 

That verse can really make you think, can’t it?

 

I have traveled to different countries on several mission trips in my teen and adult life. I have come to the realization that our trips are less about the work we are doing and more about the relationships we are building. It’s not about showing up and building a house or distributing food. Although those things are important to being the hands and feet of Christ, they just have a much larger impact when you build relationships with the people and show them love. That is how you fulfil the Great Commission.

 

TESTIMONY & LOVE. I just gave you the two greatest tools you need to be a missionary in your community. How will you use them? Christ calls us to make Disciples, not sit in the church pews. 

 

I had to ask myself a really difficult question a few years ago that I want to ask you now.

 

What is the point of being a Christian if i’m not going to let it change myself or others?

 

The Bible says that the world will see Christ by the love we show. Are you displaying His love for the world to see?

 

The video below is a song that cuts me deep with some hard questions that makes my strive to show greater love to those around me. Give it a listen and let me know what lyric moves you.