As Christians, we all have a purpose. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus explained the simple "cause" to which all His disciples are called. That is to "...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
The challenge for many believers is to figure out how and where we are to go and make disciples. Not everyone is an evangelist in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to fulfill the great commission, the great "cause" of Christ-followers - whether next door or to another country.
So, where do we start? Henry Blackaby said, "Find out where God is at work and join Him there." There is no doubt that God IS moving in our country and around the world. I find it so important to stop sometimes and take a look at what God is doing around us in our little world and then look at where God is at work in THE world. That's the importance in being a part of a "mission-minded" local church as well as joining the "cause" of other mission-minded organizations. This can be a big help to stay in touch with what is going on.
Part of our ministry at Global Action is to engage the Global church to know what God is doing and give both churches and missions minded Christians opportunities to join in. We are working to equip pastors and church leaders around the world by providing the right kind of balanced Biblical training, a Christ-centered missional vision to reach their world and beyond, and create an environment of unity among our network of like-minded leaders. The focus of everything we do is to support the local churches around the world so they can make a greater impact for God in their communities.
On a personal level, I challenge each one of you to ask yourself this question: "Is there a Christ-centered purpose in every area of my life?" Think about every area of your life; personal, marriage, parenthood, "neighborhood", finances... you get the idea. If you were to ask God "How am I doing?", He should be able to say "Well done!" If you need improvement in some of these areas, as I certainly do, don't feel guilty. Look around, God IS moving. Recognize it and join His great cause of making disciples!