Missionary?

A few weeks ago, I went to a church in West Virginia that had invited me and my summer staff team to fellowship with them. As the pastor came up to speak, he welcomed all of the newcomers and then proceeded to introduce me and my team. He looks out to the congregation and points to us and says, “I just wanna give a big welcome to these missionaries that have come to worship with us the morning.” The moment the word “missionary” came out of his mouth, I instantly felt very out of place. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t feel worthy to be called a missionary. I certainly haven’t been called to be a missionary…. or have I? I sat there stunned in my seat. The sermon hadn’t even begun and I was already convicted.

 

If we are Christians- we are all called to be “missionaries” wherever the Lord places us. We must seek to proclaim God’s love and share His joy with the people around us. One song that I have been singing a lot at camp this summer is “We Are.” I’m just gonna put the lyrics on here. That’s really all that needs to be said.

 

“Every secret, every shame

Every fear, every pain

Live inside the dark

But that’s not who we are

We are children of the day

 

So wake up sleeper, lift your head

We were meant for more than this

Fight the shadows conquer death

Make the most of the time we have left

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

Let the light shine, let the light shine

 

We are called to the spread the news

Tell the world the simple truth

Jesus came to save, there’s freedom in His Name

So let His love break through

 

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine

 

We are the light

We are the light

We are the light

So let Your light shine brighter

 

We are the light

We are the light

We are the light

Jesus

 

You are the light

You are the light

You are the light

We will lift You higher

Shine shine shine”

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