For many people, the idea of taking a mission trip involves getting on an airplane and flying to an exotic place somewhere around the world. This is high adventure and quite romantic. Feel the excitement of carrying Jesus to a distant place! But is this really missions?
Going to the ends of the earth is certainly part of our missionary assignment. But the same Lord who said we are to go to all nations also said we are to go next door.
"In Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" is what the Lord said.
JD Payne, missiologist at the Church at Brook Hills, said if a Christian would go to all the cost, trouble, and danger of traveling to a faraway place to share Christ, but not share Christ in his own community it would be a case of "missional malignancy." Strong words! But perhaps necessary for those who have swallowed the romantic notion that missions is always "over there" and never "right here."
- Missions is the Good Samaritan helping the man in the ditch.
- Missions is Jesus taking time with children.
- MIssions is Philip on a country road, talking to a stranger.
Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!"
So, by all means, keep buying those plane tickets. Go! Go! Go! Just remember missions is not a seven-day trip out of town, it is a lifefstyle lived 365 days a year.