Living Out the Great Commission in Haiti
How many of us would like a step by step instruction manual for how to live out our Christian lives? Wouldn’t that be the easiest way to be certain that we are living out God’s calling? Imagine if we did not have to analyze each season in our life or listen intently for the calling that God has placed upon our lives- it was just presented in black and white in front of us. Unfortunately, God does not work in that way. He requires us to step out in faith and as we take scary and uncertain steps from one season to the next, and as we do, only then will He slowly reveal his callings for our lives.
Our callings will be different, but there is one directive that will remain constant as a Christian-The Great Commission. The Great Commission is one of the most significant sections in the Bible as it is the last recorded personal instruction given by Jesus to His disciples. It’s a special calling from Jesus to all of His followers to take specific actions while on this earth in His absence. Jesus is calling every Christian to step out in faith.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Great Commission can often feel very scary but I would like to flip your perspective. What if we looked at the Great Commission as a blessing from Jesus? Jesus chose us, here on earth, to be able to go to the ends of the earth to share His good news. He created us in a way that equipped us for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-12) and allowed us to use the individual gifts that He gave us to serve others (1 Peter 4:10). The Great Commission is THE way that we are His hands, feet, and mouthpiece on this earth and the way that we serve Him. What if it is not a sacrifice to be put in a position that is well outside of your comfort zone, your norm or your expectations but it is a blessing? Perhaps when we feel the call from our Heavenly Father, it isn’t a questionable call but rather a certain directive from Jesus Himself showing us that this is what He has prepared us for. Jesus would not place the calling on our hearts until He knew that we were ready, so how could we dismiss His calling? When He calls us, He is giving us permission to put our human fear and apprehension aside to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.
The Great Commission will look different for each of us. For me, it is my medical missionary work that I provide to Haiti. He called me to Haiti 11 months ago and He keeps calling me back – I will be returning for my third short term mission trip in a few weeks. My fourth trip will be in September 2019 with LifePoint Church, in which my calling has shifted from participating to leading. I would like to invite you to join us in providing much needed medical care to a country that doesn’t have organized healthcare if God has placed this on your heart. This trip is not only about medicine, but medicine is simply a tool that we use which allows our medical teams to have the ability to treat 130-150 patients per day in the villages where they reside and over the course of a week, we are able to see 600-800 patients. Our medical team members will be treating patients and our non-medical team members will be preparing medications in the pharmacy, talking to the Haitians about Jesus, praying over the patients and their families and bringing people to Jesus. God calls us to provide love, human kindness and hope to the people in Haiti. Lives are saved in Haiti – both medically and spiritually. As we Listen to God’s call, as we Do His great work, as we Go out to the world, and as we Serve in the way that he has directed us to, we will have the ability to make an immeasurable impact on the lives that we touch. And our lives will be touched in the process.
For more information on the Haiti Medical Mission September 27-October 5, 2019 – please email firstname.lastname@example.org