As we travel around the country, meeting hundreds of people, presenting the work we believe God would have us to do in Burkina Faso, we hear a lot of questions and comments such as “Life is hard over in Africa” “Aren’t you scared?” “Won’t you miss your family?” “I really admire your sacrifice” People seem to think that we’re making a huge sacrifice and that we are heroes.
Psalms 90:9 says “…we spend our years as a tale that is told.” Our lives as missionaries are shared with hundreds of people, through personal contact as we visit churches, and through prayer letters that are mailed to large groups of people. But the story we want our lives to tell is not that of our sacrifice, it is that God is worthy of our all.
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave to the church the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). But before He ever gave the commission, He gave us an example. Jesus is our greatest example of a missionary. He left his royal home, His known surroundings, and His Father to come to the Earth and give His life for lost sinners. Life was anything but comfortable for Him down here. He took the form of a servant as He ministered to the unlovely, the sick, the brokenhearted, and the lost. He died a gruesome death on the cross and conquered death’s power so that lost sinners could have a relationship with the God of the universe. Then Jesus commanded us, the church – believers, to witness to the lost, and to baptize and disciple new believers.
As believers, we have a responsibility to have SOME part in getting the Gospel to the World. We, Jason and I, have the privilege to be front-runners with the Gospel. We’re excited about moving half way across the world to learn a new language, make friends out of strangers, and share the good news of the gospel with them. So what if we have to leave family behind? So what if we have to set up life in new surroundings? So what if our brains hurt from language school? Did not Christ do so much more than that for us? Nothing we can do could be too great a sacrifice. He is worthy of our ALL.
So when you look at missionaries please don’t look at their “sacrifice”, look at the One worthy of all service.