“As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.” (Genesis 17:4-6)

“And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” (Genesis 18:17-18)

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16)

Today is a very special day. Another missionary has been sent out to bless the nation of India. It is a fulfillment of an ancient covenant to Abraham who was blessed to be a blessing to the nations. We are all his descendants and are being used as the fulfillment of that wonderful covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ.

But this missionary really doesn’t help the stereotypes of western missionaries. I remember handling her baggage, which was just a medium sized piece of luggage. This went against the typical grain that western missionaries are known for. We are usually stereotyped as bringing everything and anything from the junk on the shelf in the closet to our garage and than the pantry and who can forget that stuff underneath the sink in the bathroom and than the attic before the mission trip. We don’t like to leave any of our worldly possessions behind. We can’t seem to live without them. At times it seems the goods tend to possess us.

Than there is the actual mission trip. I’ve heard about how some missions organizations don’t do real substantial work. It becomes more like Christian tourism instead. They capture the sites, hear the sounds, smell the flowers but don’t do anything to plant, water grow or even scatter seeds. It becomes a total waste.

Can you recall when Jesus sent out the disciples?

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals...”

(Luke 10:1-4)

And really, what are we leaving behind?

“Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." (Luke 12:15)

Still it can seem kind of scary to leave it all and just GO! What about our friends, family and relationships that bring out the zest in life? But than there is what Jesus said,

“I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." (Luke 18:29-30)

Sheesh, Am I preaching to myself?

I can honestly say missionaries have rocked my life. They left it all to invest in me… Their legacy can never be forgotten in my life! Thank you Lord for the missionaries who truly sacrifice it all. They are the true embodiment of Christ. They are a huge inspiration. Thank you missionaries for meaning, “YES LORD!” and not just saying it!

Mr. Bilson