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Day 53: Heartcry for Mission

Mark 16: 15
Heartcry for Mission

Apartments shook and collapsed. Over 2,000 died in the earthquake that left parts of central Taiwan devastated. I watched on television and wondered about my friends, the young missionary couple with their new baby, and the girl I went to China with. At least eternity held no fear for them, but what of the others? Having lived without Christ, must they face eternity without Him too? Could I have been more directly involved in Mission? Could I have introduced some of these people to Jesus?

Like others, I have reasons for not being more involved. I am an untrained, unpaid medical student with a full and busy life. But are these valid reasons, or are they inadequate excuses that I put up to prevent me from being involved in Mission now? Although I cannot move overseas, I can reach out locally and further afield during holidays and electives. Letters and e-mails open the whole world to me. Again, is my ‘poor student’ status a sufficient excuse for not giving? European countries spend billions each year on luxuries! It has been said that living and spending mindless of the poor is being mindless of God. Perhaps a more simple life would enable me to give more towards mission? Finally, though busy, I could pray more. ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’(Matthew 9: 37 - 38)

God’s heart is for mission - to reach everyone in every part of His world. No matter how confined or poor or busy, we can find means of being part of mission. God has a role for each one of us that stretches beyond home, classroom and hospital walls. There are excuses and obstacles, but the Bible tells us to go! Let us do something about it today.

Further Reading
Acts 1: 8
Matthew 28: 18 - 20

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