“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
A missionary is an ambassador for Christ, taking the good news of salvation to those who are lost. So in essence, all Christians are ‘missionaries’, whether we cross the seas or not. For 12 years, I was a missionary in every sense of the word, since we lived in South America for 10 of those years. But when we started our life in the States, I felt sometimes a little “useless”. I decided that I was going to hand out as many Gospel tracts here as I did there! Lost people are EVERYWHERE, not only in foreign countries….and as I look around sometimes in Atlanta, I feel like I’m in another country with all the immigration from every area of the world! I love it!
Everywhere I go, I try to be a witness. We may not think we can be a witness when we go run errands, but if we change our way of thinking, we can use every single ordinary moment as an opportunity to WITNESS! You may not have time at the grocery store to talk to the cashier, but you can give them an invitation to your church. If you don’t know know what to say, just say, “Thank you very much and here’s something for you.” If they say, “What is it?” Just say, “It’s an invitation to my church. It’s an awesome church!! I would love to have you visit!!” God can use that brochure later to speak to their hearts. And, yes, maybe only 1 out of 10 will actually read it, but how do you know which will be that one? And what if they throw it on the ground…..? One of our most faithful families in our ministry in Argentina came because they found a gospel tract on the street. When they handed it to us and asked if they could come into our church, it was crumpled, water-stained and barely readable! The father had had the tract for a year, debating whether he should come or not! Finally one day they appeared at our church and the same evening asked Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour! So, yes, even if they throw it on the ground, God is powerful enough to get it in the right hands!
So, the next time you are “out and about”, stuff a few Gospel tracts in your purse and pray that God would give you the boldness to hand them out and that the Holy Spirit would work in the life of the receiver!