By Karen Polich
Sunday was a time of worship and commissioning for those headed abroad this summer for mission work. Pastor Kevin Linthicum shared ten characteristics necessary in mission work. Acts 13:1
- Be called by God. A decision to embark on a mission trip must be driven by the Holy Spirit.
- Be willing to set the financial component aside; it is the least of your worries. God is faithful. He will provide for those He calls. Preparations are critical, but the money side should never take priority.
- Be led by the Holy Spirit. An individual needs to be mature enough as a follower of Christ to be led by the Holy Spirit.
- Be able to learn what it means to empty themselves. You must be willing to let God lead in all areas of the mission work being done. You should be set aside and He should be the messenger.
- Be bold. Speak the Gospel with tenacity. He has called you to proclaim the Gospel. It is not a time for timidity.
- Be a team player. No matter the size of the group, work together. Build each other up and help one another.
- Be singularly focused. Let the Gospel message be the sole purpose of your efforts.
- Be able to deny yourself. It’s not about you, but about Him and His Kingdom.
- Be a problem solver not a problem causer. Distractions will come, but stay focused on the goal.
- Glorify and honor God through the proclamation of the Gospel. This should be the sole focus of every effort.
This summer, pray for the mission work being done throughout the world. God has called many to go, beginning with our Malawi missions team who are leaving this week. Those He calls, He equips. We can each be a part of the work He is doing throughout the world with prayer. Pray for those away on missions. Those prayers will make a difference. Also, remember we are all in the mission field, regardless of location. Ask God to help you see those around you in your mission field today.