"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
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A lot of short term mission trippers do not really view the mission as potentially life-threatening. In fact most seem to go on a short vacation basis, after all this is what most believers would view the short term missions. The drawback is a lot of people who are not ready to live up to the true call of a martyr can also ride on the short term mission program for exposure. When unfortunate event do happens, what kind of testimony will this group of people give to the world?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should do away with short term missions. But the crux is to impart a right attitude or heart of being a missionary true to his call, which is also applicable for those who don’t travel overseas. God’s willing, missionaries do not need to suffer death or seek it (they should seek to avoid it instead in order to carry out their calling), but certainly they must be prepared to die. Hats off to those missionaries who would gladly lay down their lives for the Church.

Whoever who aspires to be a missionary or to be involved in missionary work (both short or long term), it is better that he examines his heart and counts the cost before going. To go without the right heart and nothing bad happens, that’s God’s grace. If something bad happens, that’s what you ask for.

Sometimes, even mission work becomes a tool used by the competitive spirit among the believers. It is as good as claiming as many territories as possible, like in the old colony days. Whether that competitive spirit is the primary motive or incidental to the right spirit, we wouldn’t know and shouldn’t judge before that Day. It will be better to adopt Paul’s attitude where we are comforted so long as Christ is preached. Since only the Holy Spirit can change the mindsets of other believers, we should take care of ours first. It is also good enough to remind ourselves that missionary works should not be a weapon to expand one’s empire, and also not something for us to show off.

If God calls us to do something contrary to the officials, remember the man who smuggles the bibles into China? However, if we are to go against the officials on faith issues, we should have done it as low key as possible. That would greatly help us to increase the chances of success in our mission works, unless God provided otherwise. If we choose to do it in the open, then we must at least be responsible to pay the price of our choice. When we are not willing to pay the price, that’s hypocrisy.

Going ahead, roads will become tougher, whether if you are in the field or marketplace. May God grant us the strength and wisdom to go on in witnessing for Him, each in his own way. Amen.