The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider what each of us might be called to do to share the good news of Jesus in our world. We are not all called to the same mission field, but we are all called to be missionaries. We are called to "proclaim peace," to "bring good tidings," and to "proclaim salvation." And indeed, these are all beautiful things!
Most of us are busier than ever. It is easy to put off involvement in mission work. Excuses come easily. But as followers of Christ, we really don't have an excuse; Jesus didn't leave His disciples with the charge to be busier, or to be more involved in activities, but to "make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:16-20)
Some of us are called to foreign missions. Some to church ministry. Every one of us can reach out to friends, family, and those we cross paths with every day. Many of us can be used to financially support those doing full-time missions. Thank God for the diversity in our giftings and passions! Our callings may change in different seasons, but one thing is certain: We are all called.
One good idea is to gather your family together and talk about how God might best use you in the year ahead. Then make a plan, and hold each other accountable. Whether you make a plan to do ministry together, to pray for specific families or people groups, or save up to give as a family, the actions you take will have eternal value.