Corrie Ten Boom is attributed to saying, “a person is either a missionary or a mission field.” We understand that every person on planet Earth is either saved or lost. If you are a Christian, the Great Commission is telling YOU to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). This verse is not directed solely to full-time missionaries that live in a foreign country. It doesn’t matter where one may live, or the occupation from which one receives a paycheck, every Christian has the duty and responsibility to share the Gospel with those that are lost and without Christ.
With today being January 1st, I want to challenge you, not to make a New Year’s Resolution, but to make a commitment to try and win (at least) one soul to Christ this year. That’s not expecting or asking a lot. Look back over the past year and see if you can remember when the last time was that you handed someone a Gospel tract, or even shared the Gospel with someone. If you did not share the Gospel with anyone last year, never handed out one tract, or didn’t invite anyone to church last year, then shame on you!
Church growth should be more of a result of evangelism than by receiving people by letter from another church. If every Christian in your church would win someone to the Lord this year, your church could double in size in 365 days. Determine that in this new year that you are going to be a missionary right where you live, and stop acting like a “mission field.”