19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”- Matthew 28: 19-20

 

Before I had started going to college to pursue a degree in Paralegal Studies, I decided beyond a reasonable doubt (Legal pun intended) that I am going to be a missionary. My husband and I were going to a church that had a very heavy emphasis on global missions and every time they had a missionary come to the church to give a presentation on where they live and how they share the Gospel to the people of that country, my heart would be so stirred that I was ready to go home, pack my bags and go with the missionary family and be a part of what God was doing there.

Not here……there.

Brian and I are very close with the pastor of that church, along with his precious wife, who is one of my very dearest and best friends. About 5 years ago I decided that I was going to invite them to breakfast and tell them the big news……I’m going to be a missionary. I had it all played out in my head. I was going to tell them, and then they were going to be so happy and so excited for what God was going to be doing in my life, followed by them explaining in meticulous detail everything I needed to do and everything I needed to learn before I start my big journey to a far off place and sharing the Gospel to anyone who would listen.

Yeah, that’s not at all how it happened.

It went a little more like this:

“OK, guys, I have big news…….I wanna be a missionary!”

He didn’t even look up at me. He was too busy chowing down on his Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity from IHOP.

“You already are.” He said.

“No, No, No you don’t understand, I wanna go to other countries and tell people about Jesus. You know, like an actual missionary”

Then in poetic fashion, he smacked me 3 blocks down the next century.

“When was the last time you went across the hall to tell your neighbor about Jesus?”

I have thought about that conversation many times over the last 5 years, and if I am being honest, I never completely believed him……well, that is until about a week ago.

I’ve been doing this blog now for over a year and I have enjoyed it immensely. I love getting the chance to dig into God’s Word and writing about verses that really speak to my heart or have given me some of the greatest lessons in my life.

One of my family friends is a blogger, and she is continually teaching me about things I had no idea about, including teaching me how to look at how many people are reading my blog and what countries they are from. You can do that?

Turns out, in some crazy, only God could do this kind of way, 3 people from Vietnam have seen my blog. 3 people from one country have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ from someone from another country……no traveling necessary. I’m not saying that being a missionary that actually goes to another country is a bad thing, it isn’t. If there wasn’t a need for people to go, no one would have gone in the first place.

However, this is what I AM saying: When was the last time you went across the street and talked to a neighbor about Jesus? When was the last time you went to Starbucks with ONLY the intention being to buy coffee for a complete stranger and sharing Jesus with them? When was the last time you went on Facebook with ONLY the intention being to share your testimony about who Jesus is to you and how your friends can have that same personal LIFE CHANGING relationship?

Traveling around the world doesn’t make you a missionary. Taking the time to develop relationships with people and ministering to them, all the while showing and telling about this man named Jesus……that makes you a missionary. Just go and tell.

I really hate it when Jimmy is right.

Don’t forget that He loves you and so do I,

Shelley Olsen

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