Who are Missionaries?

I’ve been ask this question a number of times, so I thought it would be an important subject to discuss. Wikipedia describes a Missionary as the following:

A missionary – is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care and economic development.

The word “mission” originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin missionem (nom. missio), meaning “act of sending” or mittere, meaning “to send”.[3] The word was used in light of its biblical usage; in the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to preach in his name. The term is most commonly used for Christian missions, but can be used for any creed or ideology.[4]

I was caught off guard when I was first ask if I were a Missionary, because the only real reference that I could think of at the moment were the senior ladies that use to wear black hats and long white dresses. They were in charge of most of the hospitality ministries at the church, but the longer I thought about it I remember we did send someone to Africa to do mission work, and there was that time I just happen to pick up a book about a real missionary.

Eight years later, my perspective have change quite a bit, but what has really had a dramatic change has been the my definition of what people call a missionary. Now, I don’t like calling people missionaries, or neither do I like using that word to identify me either. My reason being, the way many people label those that go to the field as missionaries as if they were the only ones that have a mission to accomplish. The great Commission was given to all of us, and not just a few, that means we all have a mission to accomplish.

The “words” that best describes all of us is the ones that the bible actually gives us. Words like; disciples, soldiers and ambassadors. We could choose anyone of those words and it would be appropriate. My word is “soldiers”, I like it for several reasons: First, we are the sons of God in the Army of our Lord, Second, a soldier understands words like, mission, orders, battlefield, armor and team work.

Recruits go through basic training together, no matter what their job description in the Army would be, and when training was up, they are sent to their duty station throughout the world to perform their duties with the training they was given in their specify specialty, that would help the overall mission of their commander and Chief.

A lot of the missionaries that I have run into were more like the special forces inside the military, but you still have front line soldiers and support soldiers….etc. I am convince that our enemy wants us to remain ignorant about God true intentions for His sons, but the devil is a liar. It is time to have a paradigm shift in our thinking. We have to think just like our Father wanted us to think. We have to put on the whole armor of God and prepare for the battle ahead. I need the support of all of my Christian brothers and sisters to help accomplish the “mission” that God has given me, we need each other.

You are a soldier, whether your job is to stand as an usher welcoming new recruits into the body of Christ, or singing on the praise team, running evil spirits out of the church; remember, how the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. When we were children, we play like children, we behaved like children, but now that we are maturing just as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is on the way back, it’s time for us to put away those childish ways of thinking and behaving. We are Soldiers, in the Army of the Lord, we are willing to sacrifice our lives for the cause of Christ, He is our Teacher and we are His Disciples, we prefer to take the diplomatic approach as ambassadors, but if not, in the Name of Jesus, we are more than conquerors through Christ. So the next time someone ask you whether you’re a missionary or not, tell them you are a Soldier on a Mission…. Selah

 

Born Again – St. John 3:1-15

Being “born again” is a statement that is common amongst believers, and living in the “microwave” generation, it is a common way to say I’m a believer, whether they are or not. In a political environment if the Republicans are in office, than it is politically correct to say I’m a born again believer. If Democrats are in office, those same voices become silent, why? because of the same political correction. Growing up in church, I rarely heard those words when speaking with other Christians. We used  phrases like, being saved or being filled with the Holy Spirit, and in some religious organizations those two weren’t the same.

As I walk amongst many of my brothers and sisters these days, the statement “you must be born again” is commonly used when talking to those who haven’t given their lives to Christ; it allows them to explain exactly what that means. My only question to my sisters and brothers, do we understand what that mean?

Jesus mentioned two things that caught my eye many years ago, at one point He says, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God, we can’t “see” the kingdom of heaven, and then He say’s, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God, we can’t “enter” the kingdom of God.

As I watch Pastors struggle with today’s challenges of holding their congregations together by dealing with issues that is dividing their membership like: abortion, gay marriage, racial inequality, woman’s rights ……….etc. I wonder why we find ourselves trapped in these webs of worldly issues. Why do we have to search over and over again, for what we know is already there.

Could it be that we are searching  for the courage to stand-up for the truth, to speak the truth, even if it means our monthly tithes and offerings will decrease? Are we trying to be politically correct in our churches? Are we trying to hold on to our jobs? Are we being people pleaser, rather than pleasing God?

The truth probably can be found in the reality that we are still dithering between this world and the Kingdom of God. Have we renewed our minds since our “born again” experience? or have we master the craft of religious language, political correctness and business professionalism and decided that a mixture of the above is what is need to have our cake and eat it too.

Entangling ourselves with the affairs of this world does not please our Father, our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to spread the good news about Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven. It is to tell the world that God so loved us all, that He has made a way to escape the coming judgement upon the world. For the most part, the world will not believe you, they will reject you, they will cast you out and some of us will be killed for the sake of the gospel. They did it to our Master, and Savior, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, should we expect anything different?

If you were saved, then you were “born again”, and if “born again” you got a glimpses of The Kingdom of Heaven, you were able to enter into the Kingdom of God, and the only reason that you were birth again into this world, is to bear witness of that Kingdom. Come out from among them and be separate, you are in the world, but not of the world, WAKE-UP!!!!!!! YOU WERE “BORN AGAIN” …..Selah

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“Patience’s and Peace” James 1:2-8

Patience’s and Peace are inseparable lovers that refuse to be divided; and those who understand the value of both, will not seek one, without attaining the other, and by during so, they have discovered one of the many mysteries of God that operates between our “Hearts and Minds”.

Patience’s:
Mysteries that lives between our hearts and minds:
• Patience’s and Peace
• Patience’s and Kindness
• Trials and Tribulations Produce’s “endurance, steadfastness’ and patience”
• Patience’s produce’s spiritual maturity

Patience’s is a ”state of being”, birth out of our “Spiritual Nature”. It is accompanied by: wisdom, understanding and knowledge, then filter through “God’s Love”.

Patience is capable of overcoming any obstacle or challenging environmental conditions, while still allowing the “Peace and promises of God” to comfort you.
The Promises of God is part of the substance that makes up the evidence of things we hope for.