In the previous article we discussed how we do not need to go to other countries to do missions, but that our mission field is right here, where we live and work and spend our day to day life. But we don’t see the area we live in as our mission field.
Why is that?
I think the main reason we see this as not being our mission field is because we have made this our home. We have put a lot of time and effort into making this a safe and comfortable place to live where we can sit back and relax from the stresses of life.
But our citizenship is in heaven – Phillipians 3:20
We have forgotten that the earth is not our home. As Christians our residence is in heaven, not on earth. Our time on earth is just a temporary stopping point where we focus on our mission before heading home.
We are citizens of heaven, not of earth, not of the U.S., not of the middle class lifestyle, but of heaven.
But instead of living for the mission we forget about it because we get comfortable and distracted in the business and entertainment of our day to day life.
When I was in the Navy I would travel for weeks or months at a time. Being away from my home was tough. I missed my wife and my home, but I was there for a mission. Sure I had a little bit of fun when I could, but my main focus was to do my mission for the military while I anxiously awaited the day I could return home to the one I love.
It should be like this for us. We should be anxiously awaiting our return home, to see Jesus, the one we love more than any other. We should not distracting ourselves and making our lives here comfortable enough that we do not care about the mission, about Christ, or about heaven.
Peter urges us to treat this life as travelers just passing through and to avoid the lifestyle of those around us.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh – 1 Peter 2:11
Abstain from the passions of the flesh? That’s no fun. God gave us these passions to enjoy ourselves with while we are here, didn’t he? The problem with our culture is that we are all about the passions of the flesh above all else. They become our obsession, but when we accept Christ we are told to deny ourselves and not let our flesh, our desires, or our passions become our master.
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, – 2 Corinthians 5:1-2
Our home here is supposed to be nothing more than a tent. And by tent I do not mean we are only supposed to have structures made with fabric sides and zipper doors. It means that what we have here is temporary, something we can throw away and lose if we are called to, not something we attach ourselves to that keep us grounded where we are.
Why are we so determined to purchase homes when they just tie us down? Renting a place many say is throwing away money, but if you are not sure that God wants you to stay in that area then renting frees you up to just go when God calls you elsewhere.
Again, I am not saying that it is wrong to buy a house, but what I am saying is look at how our lifestyle decisions effect our ability to fulfill our mission. It just shows where our focus and our treasure really is.
Paul even goes a step further and says that everything he gained in this world is now considered a loss, garbage even, in the mission for Christ.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ – Phil 3:7-8
Your car, house, cell phone, computers, clothes, all of it is nothing more than garbage compared to us knowing Christ! How do we even try to compare the importance of the mission that we have to save those who are lost with our toys and gadgets?
So why do we obsess over this garbage so much? Why is it so hard for us to believe that we are citizens of heaven? Why are we so determined to settle down and make our home here on earth?
We will look at that more in our next article.
Don’t be discouraged. These articles cover some deep topics that are close to our heart, but our God is gracious and merciful. Keep reading to the end.
- Did God call you to that life of Comfort? (eternaltruthministry.com)
- Do you have as much passion for Jesus as you do for football? (eternaltruthministry.com)
- The Treasure that Turns Other Treasures to Garbage (godschild1960.wordpress.com)
- What Money Can’t Buy (goldenbible.wordpress.com)