As I have made making disciples my primary occupation, the reasons why I am doing this have become more and more vivid. Although it is not the only reason I am doing this work, the idea of eternity without Christ, without life, has gripped me -- even stirring feelings of deep emotion within me. During those moments, I feel like a lifeguard standing around a pool of people drowning. I’m throwing out my life buoy but no one realizes they are drowning and thus politely refuse or ignore my offer to help. They are happy to be left alone. Maybe you feel the same way as you bring up your faith with those who remain uninterested.
What do we do in the face of these barriers? The bible says to ‘fix your mind on heavenly things,’ but at the same time we so deeply desire to see others who are resistant to Jesus' message of life to experience these heavenly things with us.
I am one person who speaks only one language, and my brain is clearly going through culture shock during this first year in an urban mission field. I am really pretty limited. Of course, we all are in our different ways.
As I try to find my way, my mind goes to a quote by Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Let us be that tiny drop, and trust God to do the rest while we focus on the heavenly things we get to experience while advancing His mission!
By: L.S. in New York City