Have you ever thought about going on a mission trip? Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ with people all over the globe is something that we’re called to do as Christians, but is it a requirement? Here are a few thoughts on mission trips for Christians.
What the Bible Says About Evangelism
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from 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. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14-15
What Does This Mean for Me?
While mission trips can certainly be worthwhile and shouldn’t be avoided, it is important to ask yourself some hard questions and to pray over the answers with the Lord:
- Why do I want to go on a mission trip? Do I want to travel and experience something cool? Or am I genuinely feeling called to this area to share the story of Jesus and to demonstrate his love, even if it is a terrible experience for me?
- Am I preaching the Gospel at home? What would change in my heart there if I don’t do it here?