Friday, August 31, 2012

On Mission

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  

College football starts back.  

There is nothing like Saturday afternoon football, wings and maybe even a few pigs in a blanket.  (Ok I confess, maybe more than a few....) That is relaxation and comfort to me.  Sitting down and watching football and eating more than I should.  I used to be such a football junkie that on any given Saturday, we would have to make our family plans around what time the Gators played.  God used friends and my wife to help me see that sometimes I was being really selfish wanting to plan the whole day around what I wanted.  Some days we still plan around Gator games, but others, I give in and don’t watch.  It can be very difficult for me to give up that comfort and entertainment but I know that it is what is best for my family.  

How hard is it for you to sacrifice things you enjoy for your family? For God?  

I have found that sometimes I need a shock or a shake to keep my heart where it needs to be.  The best way I have personally found to help me keep my perspective where it needs to be is going to the Dominican Republic.

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to go on a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.   While I was on that trip, God gave me a burden for the country.  Since that time it has been amazing to watch God open doors and opportunities for ministry.  In November, right after Thanksgiving, we will be taking another trip to the Dominican.

Maybe this is the exact thing that God wants you to do to help give you His perspective on what matters.  We all need wake up calls because we get stuck in our really small perspective of life but God’s perspective is so much bigger.  I am all for praying about going on a mission trip but sometimes I think we can use that as an excuse.  

We already know that God wants us to take a step of faith and simply go; that is one command as followers of Jesus we can’t dodge.  

We are all commanded to go, the question shouldn’t be if we go or not. It must shift to “When will we go?” 

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20

- Brent Metcalf
High School Pastor, BCC

Dominican Mission Trip
November 26-December 3
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