While listening to Francis Chan the other day something he said really struck out at me. He said that if you went on a missions trip to Africa, every single day you were there you would have the mission in mind. It is what you are there for, your primary focus. You would wake up in the morning and the first thing you would think about would be the mission. Your life there would be consumed by it.
Then when we get back to the U.S. we relax and get back into the mentality of this being our home. We let down our focus and the mission to us becomes nothing more than what we did that one week in Africa.
But the reality is that we have just as much of a mission here at home as we do when we go on missions trips to other cities and countries. Perhaps even more so in some cases.
We have a culture that has been raised thinking it is a God fearing, Christ loving, Christian culture while they go about living their lives for themselves, enjoying their sin and not giving any thought to Jesus or to the gospel message. We have thousands of people filling churches in our neighborhood believing they are saved but in reality they are just in denial.
Then we have thousands more that do not know the gospel at all, or only know of some perversion of it. They do not give any time to think that they might be a sinner, or that they are living their life in rejection of God. These people all around us that we are in contact with every day are going to hell and they laugh at the thought without understanding how serious that truly is.
This is our mission field, masked by the fog of normal day-to-day life. It is time to see through that fog so we can work the field that surrounds us.
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few – Matthew 9:37
In the next article we will start to see what is creating this fog over our mission field.