C.H. Spurgeon was known as the “Prince of Preachers,” and he once said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” Someone else said that, “a non-ministering Christian is a contradiction in terms.
God does not call everyone to be a pastor or a preacher; however, He does call each of His children to minister. While we can minister to the needs of one another inside of the building we call First Christian, our main area of focus is what lies outside of the doors of the church—this is our mission field.
In John 4:35, Jesus said: “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
To work in the harvest is to embrace the missionary mindset of Jesus. He said His purpose was to seek and to save the lost. This task was not reserved for Him alone. His expectation was and is that we would join Him in this effort: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).
Are you satisfied to just set on a pew row or are you willing to get up and GO with Jesus to the mission field? Engaging people was the goal and purpose of Jesus’ ministry, and it is His desire for each of us.
Ask yourself some questions: How am I engaged in the work of Christ? How does my life compel people to embrace Jesus?
I’ll end this post with a quote from C.S. Lewis: The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.