Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 101:1-8
Key Verse: “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2
I’ve always wanted to be a missionary, ever since I was a little girl. My grandparents were missionaries, so my mom got to be a missionary while she was growing up. In fact, she still speaks Spanish as a result of her childhood in the mission field.
However, it wasn’t until high school that I started my official missionary career when I took my first overseas mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand, and Seoul, South Korea. I was so excited. Okay, so it was just a music tour with our high school band and bell choir, but still, I needed a passport to take the trip. However, after a few more overseas trips and then serving as a student missionary in South America for a time, I began to get a handle on missions, or so I thought. Then God called me to a different mission field. Yep, He called me home!
At the time, I was just finishing my sophomore year in college. And honestly, home was the last place I wanted to go. Don’t get me wrong. I have a great family, but . . . I had my sights on bigger and more exciting missionary endeavors. But that year, God convicted me that I needed to go home and spend some time serving my family before I continued seeking to serve God on a broader field. It wasn’t an easy choice to make at first, but to tell you the truth, it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. God really blessed that year, and, as a result, my family and I are closer now than ever before.
In the years since my interlude at home, I’ve been privileged to work and travel in many countries. However, God continues to remind me that being a missionary is not just about having a passport and going somewhere “out of my comfort zone.” It’s much more than that. It’s about having the right attitude and heart right now, where I am. It’s about being a cheerful servant to those around me.
Of course, it’s okay to dream of traveling across the ocean to be a missionary. And it’s great to work in full-time ministry. But before we try to save the world, God is calling us to be faithful missionaries with those closest. That means our spouse, our roommates, our parents, siblings, and children. It means being faithful in that dark little corner of service where no one notices or applauds us, or maybe witnessing to that next-door neighbor or church member that seems kind of odd. These things may not sound very glamorous or attractive, but if we can’t be faithful here, it’s like dreaming of sailing across the ocean when we are still doing a baby paddle in our own bathtubs. So let’s get our priorities straight, and first things must come first!
“The first great business of your life is to be a missionary at home. . . . Our work for Christ is to begin with the family, in the home. . . . There is no missionary field more important than this” (Christian Service, p. 206).
The Bible says, “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart” (Psalm 101:2). It also tells us, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10).
So wherever you are in the world right now, consider yourself a missionary! It may not be easy, but ask God to help make you a good missionary, for you are touching lives for eternity, whether you realize it or not.
by Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)