Is that how we envisage our lives as disciples of Jesus? As medical missionaries bringing with us the only possible cure to a disease that afflicts and will eventually kill everyone on the planet?
For what is a missionary? Someone who is ‘sent’ to a particular place
with a view to bringing the gospel there. There is always a huge
commitment involved—not just in training and preparation, but in getting
to know the culture, spending time there, building relationships, being
involved in the community, having people into your home, and then using
every opportunity, formal or informal, planned or spontaneous, alone or
in partnership with others, to share the gospel of forgiveness in
It’s long-term, it’s intentional, it’s an all-of-life activity, and
it is costly. When you’re a missionary, you don’t have time or resources
to plough into big houses and careers and possessions. You’re on a
mission after all, and every dollar you get is given to you to support
you in this mission.
by Tony Payne (What is the mission of the Christian)