The Heart for Missions Starts at Home
‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’, states the great commission given by Jesus before He was taken up into heaven. This commission was not only for the apostles at that time but for us today. Ancient apostles and believers had stepped out of their comfort zones and committed their lives to be missionaries. However, it is not necessary for everyone to start their mission far away. Instead, missions can be started from your own families.
Building relationship with God continuously
Build an intimate relationship with God through Bible reading, prayer, worship and quiet times. Know God and His words before preaching the gospel, so as to get familiar with what you are going to preach and how God’s word can be applied to different people.
Reflecting Jesus in your daily lives
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus taught us:
‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’
He encouraged us to do good things so as to reflect the His image to others. Are you behaving well at home? Did you do those good things voluntarily, or just because you were told to do them?
1. Raise your children with discipline and instruction about the Lord
Children are not our own properties, but God’s. Therefore, nurture them with God’s values and teaching from the Bible. Have reasonable expectations for your children. Guide them to build intimate relationships with the Father in heaven through family worship, Bible reading, and prayers.
2. Walk the talk
Examples are always more effective than principles. Children learn by example, no matter if it is good or bad. Therefore, be a good role model at home so as to influence your children positively. Practice what you promised and don’t procrastinate. Also, use the tones and words that you would want your children to use.
3. Love your spouse
Love and respect each other so that your children can grow up in a loving environment. This definitely helps in building their sense of security as well as to learn how to love and respect others.
1. Honour and obey your parents
‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honour your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise.’ (Eph. 6:1-2)
Honour your parents as if you were trying to glorify God – with our mind, words, and actions. Obey your parents through listening, paying attention, and submitting to their authority.
2. Let your parents rejoice
‘May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful.’ (Proverbs 23:25) Let your parents be glad by you getting good grades, finishing the housework on time and taking care of them. Taking good care of your body is one of the most important ways to make them glad. Also, love your siblings as well. Go above and beyond in respect and obedience to your parents so that they can rest assure that you are following God’s plan for your life.
3. Do your part at home
A loving and warm home cannot be forced. A loving and warm home is a sign of a united family. Every member of the family needs to do their duty. Take part in the housework so as to share the burden of your parents. It can also be a treasurable moment with your family.
4. Be available
Spare some time in your schedule to communicate with your family members. Give your separated attention to them. Turn off the television or cell phones to limit distractions and increase family communication. Even 10 minutes a day without distractions for you and your family will make a great difference within the relationships.
Preaching the gospel
Last but not least, grasp each opportunity to preach the gospel to your family. Love them by giving the best gift – the gospel. Also, spend time praying for those who don’t believe in Jesus so that God’s love can soften their heart.
Being a missionary isn’t always about living far away from home. Sometimes, the harvest is in your home.