How To Be a Missionary From Your Porch

Lets start out with a quote!

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

-Mother Teresa

Read: John 4:33-38
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

I am not a farmer, but recently I have been trying to garden. To be completely honest, I’ve killed every plant that has come into my possession thus far. So for this verse to resonate with me is saying a lot. There are times when I am on the right track and am really being missional with others. There are also times when, to not put this lightly, I am selfish. There are times when I only think about myself and my needs/wants. Let me be clear here. That is not what God has called us to do. God is calling us to glorify Him by loving whoever is in front of us at the time. Whether it be the lady in front of us in line at Target or an elder widow in our neighborhood. God loves them all, and we are called to do the same. Here are three practical ways to apply the verses above and the amazingly convicting quote from Mother Teresa.

1. Who is one person that you are ministering to right now?

(If you are not ministering to anyone right now then ask yourself who is in need around you? Who can you help? Who can you encourage? Who can you give your time and resources to?)
Examples: An old friend, someone from work, a specific neighbor, someone at church, etc.

2. What is one activity that you can do with your neighbors at your house?

Examples: BarBQ, Bonfire, Book club, Bible study, etc.

3. What is one event you can participate in within your community, town, or city?

Examples: Town hall meetings, community gardens, art fairs, etc.

Download the neighborhood app as well to get insight into what is happening with the people around you. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for ways to reach out to others and be missional.

I have put these three things to practice recently, and it has been amazing to see how God is moving. Once we take part in what God is already doing we truly see how the harvest is plentiful.