Ever been on a mission trip and experienced God in a new and exciting way? As the week, month or year came to a close, did you sense the thrill wearing off?
When you lay in your own sheets, did you start missing the camaraderie of single-minded, selfless purposes? Did you dream about the testimonies of God’s power and presence that day?
For most of us, the end of mission trips also means the end of constant Christian influence, expectation of miracles, and fire-filled boldness. Returning home often feels like being shoved off the heavenly hope clouds and into discouragement.
Well, I’m not sure about you, but certainly I saw Jesus Christ move in my life during my time in Hollygrove. I saw people get healed; I saw hope restored. I saw lives saved and deep, hidden burdens lifted. I heard prophecies and encouragement, received wise counsel and instruction. Simultaneously I walked the streets of Hollygrove and God’s kingdom.
And you know what? I’m addicted to it now. I’m addicted to bringing God’s kingdom to Earth. I’m hooked on the thrill of walking with Jesus and seeing Him move on every corner, every street.
I refuse to let my mission trip experience end just because I’m back home. I hope you will too!
You stepped foot in Hollygrove by no accident. Psalm 27:23 says, “the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” That means God had every intention of you experiencing Him in Hollygrove. God had every intention of using you for His good and perfect purposes in New Orleans. And believe it or not, God has every intention of using you today, right where you live, eat, do homework, work, and exercise.
In His abundant grace, He permitted you to go on a mission trip, to be challenged by Him and others, to mature spiritually, to grow in expectation, faith and grace. He lavished His love upon you, strengthened you, and used you to cast light into hurting and broken hearts.
Now, He’s permitting us to spend every day on the mission field. Truthfully, if we want to bring Heaven down to Earth, me must stay connected to Heaven by getting alone with God daily. We must covet our time with Him and allow Holy Spirit to flow through us at all times. We must allow Him to teach us, exhort us, and convict us. We must choose to respond in obedience, despite the itchy discomfort.
Ask Holy Spirit to make known to you the reality of who you are in Christ and who He has called you to be. The truth is that despite how you feel or how you’ve failed or how you’ve overcome, the call on your life remains: to be a minister of reconciliation.
I challenge you to pray and declare 2 Corinthians 5: 18-21 over yourself: “…God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I implore you to meditate on Isaiah 61: 1 -3 and believe that “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me (you), because the Lord has anointed me (you) to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me (you) to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Take heart my friend because the mission trip isn’t over, it’s only just begun!