Let’s talk about sin. We are all sinful people. We covet, lie, cheat and stumble through life with our self-serving interests in mind. We live in a broken world full of broken people. None of us is “good enough” to be used by God to bring a message of hope to this world. But God uses us in spite of that reality—in spite of our overwhelming need for grace and healing.
When it comes to missions or ministry or serving God, it can be easy to wonder if you are just too messed up. Aren’t missionaries more spiritual than that?
If you are actively living in sin, deal with it. Flee from it. Do not jump over that sentence. Repent, confess, have the awkward conversations, ask for forgiveness, find accountability, learn, move on and actively live a life that strives for holiness. Sin, like mold in your shower, will get worse if you just ignore it.
So take a minute. Stop and ask God where you aren’t living out His grace and mercy as a disciple who has been made free from sin. Right now.
Now, hear this: You are as forgiven as anyone can be. You may perceive others as more spiritual, but you are equally forgiven. If you need to learn more, do the hard work. If your spiritual disciplines are lacking, work at them. If you are unsure where to start, get yourself a good mentor and get serious about your relationship with God.
Are you a sinful person? Yes. Are you forgiven fully? Completely.
God has called you to a life of freedom from sin. So use that freedom to love God and make His glory known!
Traveling with you,
Laura lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she freelances in various capacities, leads worship at her church and hangs with her adorably photogenic dog named Kimchi. She’s well acquainted with the chaos of trying to determine what to do in life.
Laura went to Bible college, where she explored cross-cultural ministry through classes, conferences and lots of practical application. After college she went to grad school, taught, went to South Korea for a year, worked for Christar, then spent a good chunk of the last decade working with international students in high school and college in the U.S.
She would love to journey with you as you consider missions—because she’s been there. Because reaching the nations is going to look different than it did in centuries past. And she wants you to be a part of it.