Jesus said it. It's not an option.
GO. Just go.
October seems to be Missions Month around here. Some girlfriends are going to Guatemala, Amazing Daughter and her girlfriends are heading to Uganda and 21 of my girlfriends and I are packing for Ohio. It's been a month of fundraisers, garage sales, and bake sales. We've made and adjusted travel plans. We've sent hundreds of emails and texts and emoji's with instructions. Jesus said, "go" and we are going.
All three groups will be going to work alongside other ministries in those places. We, collectively, as in all 35 of us short term missionaries, are gathering gifts and stuffing suitcases. We are packing socks, gloves, hats, and scarves for the homeless winter in Ohio, Bible study materials for rescued women in Uganda, gifts for weary servants in Guatemala, and shoes for missionary children living in remote places. Retreat and conference attendee packets, books and bags are tagging along too. Oh, yeah, throw in some school supplies. Stacks of projects are in various stages of travel readiness all over our houses. My house has something for each team. And no, my friend, it is not a vacation.
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus tells us disciples that we are "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world". He said, "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
Yes. We are to GO into all the world and BE salt and light.
Another girlfriend, who has spent some years in a missions unfriendly country, says, "Oh, they recognize the light". She was in a place that did not allow church, or missionaries, or Bible studies, or teachings about Jesus. But she and others Christians in that country were recognized as salt and light. She had many people approach her and ask her to explain the light.
May we be ever mindful and sensitive to encounters with other travelers.
Let's GO BE salt and light, but let's not rub salt in their wounds or blind them with our light.
I believe they will recognize the salt and light in us, without us putting it on display.
We've packed and prayed and studied and prepared.
Now, let's just GO and BE.