Many people think the answer to living an authentic life as a Christian is to be a good person.
You may even volunteer locally, sponsor a child, give to organizations or missionaries, or support those in need.
But you know you are capable of more–there must be more God is calling you to do directly.
You feel like missions work could be the answer, but it’s difficult to know if you’re really called, if you could really raise the support needed to go, or if it will really do any good.
You feel stuck in the machine – with the expectation to work a 9 to 5 job, pay off your student loans and build the “American dream.” You’re not sure how or if it’s possible to escape it. Plus, the idea of leaving your friends, family, and the comforts of home seems scary.
As a disciple of Christ, the single most important thing you need is the confidence to hear and follow God’s voice – to the ends of the Earth.
• How different would your life be if you felt led by the Holy Spirit?
• If you felt freedom to be who God has called you to be...
• If you no longer wondered if you’re doing the will of God or if what you’re doing matters in light of eternity...
Here’s the reality: often we as Christians can miss what the Gospel is about.
It’s easy to make our faith journey about ourselves rather than God… or to mold God into our own image.
Sometimes, we base our personal definition of right and wrong, of what grace is, on what leads to salvation and what doesn’t, on what we think it should be, rather than what God says.
Here’s what it boils down to…
The starting point of Christian belief is that we are all broken and need a Savior.
It’s universal… This is the message of the Gospel, and it’s for everyone on the planet. And as believers, it’s not a matter of if you’re called but in what way you will respond.
To actively be the hands and feet of Jesus…
Imagine leaving all that’s “normal” behind for an entire year to do just that. To explore who you are and who God has called you to be while traveling the world caring for the lost and the hurting.
To follow the actual model Jesus set for His disciples ….
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
But as anyone who has traveled on, or known someone who has traveled on, short-term missions can tell you...
It’s not that simple….
Short-term missions and service trips by well-meaning but misguided Westerners can often do more harm than good in local cultures.
So many people who intend to help others, share the Gospel and see the world come back home disappointed, jaded and worse off spiritually than before they left.
The reason this happens boils down to three biggest but most common mistakes people who travel on missions make….