Day 7: The Ultimate Missionary

My perception of mission work has evolved since I began going on trips in 5th grade. When I started it was about my love for people. Then it was about my love for God. Now it’s about God’s love for me.

I started out my week with Mark 10:45, “For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.”

It’s not about my service – it’s about his. It’s not about what I do – it’s about what he does through me & in me.

Jesus Christ is the ultimate missionary. He went on the most intense missionary venture ever. And he did it to reach the most unreachable: me.

He sacrificed.

Cotopoxi

Cotopoxi

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil. 2:5-8

 He gave up everything. He didn’t just give up his comforts, his home, his friends, his family, or his fancy Starbucks coffee every morning. He had everything in the world and everything above the world. He had an intimate and unfathomable relationship with the Holy Father and Spirit. But he gave it up, for someone like me.

He experienced culture shock.

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The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. John 1:9-11

Christ came into the world that he created, only to be rejected by it. He gave up everything to live in poverty. He marveled at the disbelief of his own hometown. But he did not give up, he did not falter, he did not grow weary of truth. He continued to preach, he continued to heal, he continued to shake the dirt off his sandals, and he continued to pray, even when nothing about the sinful world carrying his image made sense.

He surrendered to the Father.

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“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

Jesus wasn’t hanging around in the Garden of Gethsemane thinking, “Man, I just can’t wait to jump up on that cross and save humanity!” He asked God to take this burden away from him. The human side of Christ sought a way out of suffering. The spiritual side of Christ sought a way out of separation and sin. But his wants, even things that seemed to be needs, didn’t matter. Only the will of God mattered, and Christ fulfilled it for my sake.

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That’s why I’m in Ecuador. Because God loved us enough to die so that we may have life to the fullest extent, and we achieve that by fulfilling our purpose & doing what we were made to do: glorify God with all our soul, all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength. I’m here because he loves me.

Students at the Jungle School

Students at the Jungle School

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