When People Think You Shouldn’t Go
The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?
Today while at work, I was told for a good 15 minutes how crazy it is for me and my family to go to Mexico for missions work. I was told I might as well have a big red X across my chest. I was told that I could get killed. I was told the drug cartel could kidnap me. I was told that other places in Africa and around the world we could do the same work and not be as threatened by danger. They were scared for me.
As I tried to explain that the Lord has called me to Mexico and that He would be with me wherever I go, they still kept saying the same thing. Even further, I told them what we would be doing and that God had eradicated all fear of going out of me. They still went on about how dangerous it was and how I should really think twice about it because my life could easily be taken from me while trying to help those in need there. I know that their intentions were not to discourage me. They may have taken it to the extreme, but the reality of American security and comfort hit me as very dangerous. It has taken us and made us comfortable and not willing to see the gain in giving our lives away for those in need across the world. And when some of us do go, a lot of people won’t understand. I pray that God will open their eyes to see the importance of missions and going to those dangerous places.
Surprisingly I am very thankful that this happened today. The opposition and the fear that the enemy is trying to bring upon me I am thankful for. It is only encouraging me more to go and securing Gods calling in my life. To go to the places where no one else wants to go. To the outcasts and the oppressed. That is where Jesus went while He was on earth. He sought out those who no one else wanted to have anything to do with and had great compassion on them. He is our example. Paul spent a lot of his life in prison while spreading the gospel of Jesus in dangerous and unreached places. I know what God has told me and I know that I do not have to fear.
In Jesus Christ we don’t have to be afraid. Even in death, we can be bold because we abide with Christ. In Christ and in Him alone are we presented as blameless before our Heavenly Father. The body they may kill, but the soul will go into heaven and share in the Glory of God forever. There is nothing better than that and as believers that is what we hold on to. That is our hope. Otherwise we would have no hope and death would be the scariest thing in the world. “But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” 2 Timothy 1:10 We are immortal through Christ. This gives me courage to go and not be afraid. To not fear the unknown. To not fear danger.
Our security and comfort is found in the Lord and not in earthly things. American security cannot compare to eternal security in Jesus. There are billions of people in the world living in places where there is no security at all. Where there is much poverty and hopelessness. Where Jesus is not known. Jesus said that we are called to go to the ends of the earth, not just the safe places. Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; He will not leave your or abandon you.” God will not call you somewhere and leave you out to dry. I know in the deepest part of me that when I am in Mexico, God is beside me and when I walk through the darkest places and most dangerous places, He will comfort me and give me peace. When He is done doing what He has planned in my life, that is when He will bring me home into glory. Death is the doorway to heaven! Psalms 23:4 “Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
I am encouraged a great bit by these truths and realities. God has taken all fear out of me to go to one of the most dangerous cities in the world to bring the hope of Jesus. Romans 8:31 “What then are we to say about these things? If God is with us, who is against us?” As long as we abide in Christ, we do not have to be afraid. Our God is for us and with us always.
If you feel called to go to a place that is dangerous, these realities are for you. Do not let the enemy gain a foothold in your life by putting fear inside of you. Gods perfect love for you and His perfect presence with you casts out fear. if you will lean into that and trust in Him, it will encourage you and peace will flood over you. Jesus Himself will be with you, your best friend and closes comforter. He promises this to us. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20