Missions - Why?

Here is a short one-minute intro video I produced for a series on international missions at Centerpoint Fellowship Church. I titled it "Why?" to setup the sermon and to have you ask yourself "Why?". Many times we ask ourselves "Why should I go on the mission field?" and the answers come in many different forms. Most of the time, it comes in the form of "That is way outside my comfort zone" or "Don't we have plenty to take care of here?" Well, we do have many needs to take care of at home and that might be right were you have been called to serve. Serving is what we are all called to do be it locally or globally. If serving makes you feel out of your comfort zone, then it is right were you need to be. That uncomfortable place is where you need to be to act on faith. Once you act on that faith, it is amazing to see how God builds the path for you to do what he has called you to.

In the past few months, I have had the honor of being with people who have acted on faith and have given it all up to live in that place some of us consider uncomfortable. In the case of these amazing people of faith, they all started by going and finding God’s heart for themselves. They found his heart on the mission field. Knowing what they know, seeing what they've seen, they couldn't return to what we consider normal. What is normal? For most people, including me (ouch!), normal is the day-to-day drive to do what we think would make others happy which in turn makes us feel successful. Basically, it means keeping up with the neighbors and family. Filling our lives with clutter to keep us further and further away from what God really has in store for our lives. Witnessing these people de-clutter their lives to serve and understand the big picture for their lives is truly inspiring and gives me hope. Hope in the fact that there are people willing to listen to God when he talks.

Step out! Get involved in a short or long-term mission in the local community or on the other side of the globe. If that isn't in the realm of possibility, support those that have stepped out on faith to follow the calling on their lives. I promise that your life will never be the same.