“Go ye”, its the King’s command.
We’re just 5 weeks away from saying goodbye to our families and American comforts. Nobody needs to feel bad for the missionary, or think that what a missionary does is a tremendous sacrifice. Peter told the Lord, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?” Supposing Peter had made a wonderful sacrifice for the Lord, Jesus said, “…every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold…” It can hardly be called a sacrifice serving the Lord when we’ll be the recipients of 100 times more than what we gave up.
There’s many things that we are willing to do but serving the Lord in China is what we GET to do. This desire to serve in China for my wife and I has been 9 years in the making for me, and 10 years for my wife. It isn’t based on looking for an adventurous life, or an escape of our current one, but an investment of our time in the things that Jesus cares about–investments with an eternal yield. It’s not hard to find what Jesus cares about to begin investing. Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work”. So we don’t have to invent something entirely new, but simply open our eyes to what the Lord is already doing–decipher where He is working and “get’r done”.
The truths we have learned and now experiencing is when you invest into Jesus with your time, talents, and money, leaving things of the world behind gets easier. The Christian heart joyfully follows it’s treasure when it truly is in the things of God and not of things of the world. “Give your life to God” is not a wrong suggestion, but it can be improved on by simply saying “Give up your life to God”. We’re not really giving God anything, He’s the One that gives us a life.
Let us not be so near-sighted that we can’t see the true riches in Christ over the temporal worthless things of this world. What are you doing with the King’s command?