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In the mission, but not flying the plane

via TJC

“For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing

from the Gentiles. Therefore, we ought to support people like these, that

we may be fellow workers for the truth.” 3 John 1:7-8

Not all of us are called for field missions work, but we are all called to serve our part in the great commission. Much like today’s military and airline pilots, the public at large see missionaries and international ministry folks as somewhat separated from the rest of us “working folk”. At least I know I often have.

But as every pilot knows, accomplishing their missions requires hours of work, and lots of money from their support teams to keep their aircraft flying. Missionaries are no different. From logistics to international politics to lack of basic living needs, missionaries often face ever-growing hardships that extend far beyond our comprehension. And we only seem to remember them every year near Christmas in our Lottie Moon offering, right? (That’s a Southern Baptist thing if you don’t know )

But during the rest of the year, how often do we even think of our missionaries? Howoften do we really pray for them and their families? How often do we act in support of those actively going and making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything we have been commanded?

In the Apostle John’s third letter, he tells Gaius that supporting those who have traveled for the Name’s sake makes us fellow workers for the truth.

Daily Battle Order:

Pray today for our missionaries and mission teams. If you don’t know of any, call your pastor or let us know here at TJC and we’ll direct your efforts where they are needed. Then support your fellow workers for the truth by giving. Find a mission team to support, for they accept nothing from those they reach.



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