Hey there! Welcome to CoCo’s Chitchat. Today we have a guest post from Bethany Lang, a fellow student from the Young Writer’s Workshop. Her message for us today is actually very timely, as I am participating in a week of missions in my home city right now! Isn’t God’s timing so perfect?? Here’s what Bethany has to say to us about our mission…
Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo I am with you alway even unto the end of the world. AmenMatthew 28: 19-20 (KJV)
This verse has been the basis for Christian missions. As Christians, we are to go out and share the good news to everyone. However, most Christians often get confused on what their mission for Christ really is. When most people hear the word ‘mission’ or ‘missions,’ they think they need to go to another country to share the gospel. This is fine; however, not everyone finds it necessary to go overseas to fulfill their mission. So I am here today to tell you about my mission and how you can find a way to have your own.
When I was barely out of first grade my parents took our family down to Texas. They were taking classes at Pioneer Bible Translations. My parents felt called to ministry and to be missionaries. It was while in Dallas for PBT, I found I was also called to be a missionary. Even though I was only a little girl at the time, I knew I was called to do something for God. That summer after PBT we traveled to various churches to raise money for my parents’ mission. It was then my parents came to realize that God had called them to ministry and to even be missionaries, but not for another country. Their mission was to our church, community and to us, their children. It was hard for me to understand but I knew that if God said something you did it, plain and simple. As I grew I still felt called to be a missionary. I switched my ideal mission to various countries. Primarily because I wasn’t comfortable with the country’s selection of food. Finally when I was only eleven years old I found my gift of writing. It wasn’t until I was in my early/mid teens that I finally understood that my passion, writing, was also my mission.
Now don’t get me wrong. Doctors, pastors, and teachers have gone off to different countries to serve God and the people of that country. That’s great! I admire those people, I pray for them and encourage them to keep serving in their mission. However not everyone is called to do something big and flashy. Sometimes just by serving people within your community is enough.
One of my favorite Bible characters would have to be either Esther or Miriam. Both have been very inspirational to me as I have grown older. Miriam had a mission. Her mission was to protect her brother Moses. She could’ve left the future leader of Israel to sit in his basket in the Nile. Yet she didn’t; she stayed until the princess came to the river bank. Esther also had a mission. She was to save her people from Haman’s evil plot. She didn’t have to; she could have obeyed the king and let someone else come save her people. But she didn’t, she chose to step up and face him.
Not all missions are as daring. However each one requires a simple choice. Will I heed to God’s will? Am I willing to risk my energy to help someone else? The way I have been able to share this article with you shows that I have chosen God’s will. I have taken my passion of writing to where I can reach my audience. God’s will is for me to be able to take his truths and find a way to share it with you through either a story, deep research on a certain quote of scripture, or even an awesome testimony.
Now you’re wondering ‘How do I find my mission?’. Here’s how to do it. Start by praying and reading the Bible on how to do so. The next is to set an example in your community. Be unique, come alive, become the person God has called you to be. Lastly, look with your eyes, are there people who need help?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.– Matthew 25: 40
Is your sister having trouble with school? Are your neighbors elderly and have difficulty doing things on their own? Is there a kid at your youth group who could use a friend? Find ways to help within your zone while at the same time getting out of your comfort zone. When you do that you will be amazed at what God has given you to do all your life. Above all no matter who you are or where you are called…never lose sight of your mission for Christ.
Bethany Lang is a young writer and a homeschool graduate. She lives with her family in the middle of the Great Lake state Michigan. Besides writing Bethany loves to fangirl over her favorite movies and books, sing her favorite songs, play with her siblings, cook, and spend time with God.