10 Things I’ve Learned From Missionaries

If you know me at all, you know I love missionaries. One reason I do is because they always teach me something. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from them over the years:

1. The world is still lost. I know that truth, of course, but missionaries who weep over nonbelievers remind me that I sometimes take that truth for granted. I don’t care about the lost like I should.

2. The gospel is costly. I know that, too, in my head, but I don’t live among people who face persecution and death every day because they follow Jesus. Many missionaries do.

3. I’m not nearly as important as I think I am. I’m just one person in over 7 billion people in the world. See Wednesday’s post to learn more about this reality.

4. God works miracles outside my worldview. I don’t often see healings and exorcisms. Some missionaries I trust do speak of these kinds of experiences.

5. Prayer support really matters. I often call for prayer only when I most need it. Many missionaries survive daily on the wings of prayer.

6. I’m deeply ethnocentric. That means I have a tendency to judge other cultures in light of what I think is right in my culture. Sometimes I’ve judged the way others do church more according to my cultural standards than according to biblical standards.

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Chuck Lawless
Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on Twitter @Clawlessjr and on at facebook.com/CLawless.