the mission g197 eld. God was asking me to be obedient, of the world and that his relationship with the Light
and for me to list the reasons as to how or why I is what inspired him for the exhibit. From there, he
was not adequate to serve was something akin to talked about God as the ultimate Creator and our
Moses arguing with God about his inability to speak source of creativity. His gift, something not typically
eloquently. thought of as relevant to ministry and missions,
Amazingly, God provided several role models provided the perfect platform to convey the love of
for me to observe. Some of these were seasoned God and the true reason we celebrate Christmas in a
missionaries who had impacted many lives, yet way that was meaningful and real to artists.
usually did it one person at a time. They listened The danger of believing that God calls only
patiently, loved unconditionally and counseled one type of person with one particular skill set is
with wisdom and grace. Their consistency and that it leads to the belief that missions is only for a
trustworthiness in friendships were wonderful select few. Nothing could be further from the truth.
testimonies through which many neighbors, students, Missions is the heart of God for the world. It is
and skeptics were eventually led to the Lord. These God’s mission, but as incredible as it seems, we are
same qualities made them called to participate as co-laborers with God!
wonderful disciplers of new
“I realize it
You may never have thought of yourself as being
Though I have made
is true that
“sent out” before, but I encourage you to pray about
how God is calling you to participate in His mission
many mistakes and have
to the world. To whom might you be sent? How can
been stretched far beyond you creatively share the Good News in a way that is
my comfort zone (and have
meaningful to the people around you now? Perhaps,
actually learned to enjoy
speaking in front of groups
God will cause you to see people you pass every day
with new eyes of compassion.
of people), I realize it is true
I exhort you to prayerfully surrender all of your
that God calls and takes gifts, talents, skills, resources and personality traits to
pleasure in using every
be used for His service. None of them are accidental.
personality type. No one is
excluded. In the same way
After all, God is your Designer and He designs
everything with His good purposes in mind. Yes, that
He uses all types of gifts and talents, whether it be means you are designed for missions! I do not know
sculpting a piece of pottery, preaching a moving in what capacity specig197 cally, but I do know that there
sermon or brewing an excellent cup of coffee. When is a unique place for you in the mission of God and
we surrender all of who we are to Him, we may be pursuing it may be the most purposeful thing you
surprised at how many imaginative ways He uses all will ever do!
of those aspects.
This reminds me of a friend who is an incredible
photographer and serves on the mission g197 eld in
Prague, Czech Republic. God has opened a door
for him to use his passion and skill in photography
to share the gospel within the art community there.
Sabrina Evans, after completing a
Last Christmas, he felt inspired to put together an successful g197 rst term in Europe, is
“Advent”-themed art exhibit centering on light.
pursuing an advanced degree at the
Church of God Theological Seminary.
Several of his photographs were included as well as
works from other people.
Through the exhibit he had the opportunity to
share with other artists how Christ came as the Light
save our world 5
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