Ever since I started talking about my recent Czech mission, a number of brothers- and sisters-in-blogging have asked the same question: “Are you a missionary?”
I know what they mean: am I a long-term evangelist. Nope; the trip was only two weeks long (though I’ve returned a few times).
But what I wanted to say (without being rude – I love y’all) was, “Aren’t we all missionaries?”
(Most people, including the folks who have asked me this question, would totally agree with what I’m saying. But that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss it again!)
My church teaches variations of this theme: there’s a certain danger in treating our earthly residence as “home”. It’s the danger of mistaking our true situation. We are all behind enemy lines; none of us are home yet. It’s thinking of this earth as “home” that gets our focus off of heaven; it’s thinking of our personal comfort zone as “home” that causes us to miss opportunities to share the Gospel with those in our workplace, our school, or our street.
I’m as bad as anyone else. My focus are constantly on earthly goals, so much so that I have a hard time dreaming about anything else.
But when I consider thousands of people plunging daily into hell, well, it becomes a burr in my shoe. Hopefully more.
Because it’s actually harder to witness in America, precisely because of the fact that I live here.