I have seen, with my own eyes, 18-30 year-old students on fire for Jesus. I’ve seen a zeal that they refused to keep to themselves because they met with the man Jesus. They were, in every way, transformed by him and they have taken it upon themselves to carry out the great commission of Matthew 28: to go and make disciples of all nations, the ones reached, and the ones not yet reached. I believe that God has a heart for those that have not heard the name of Jesus yet. For those who haven’t read the scripture before, and those who are searching for him and haven’t found him yet. Romans 10:14 says, “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard”. I believe God is knocking on the hearts of young people to be his messengers. To be a generation that doesn’t give in to the temptations, to live a life free in order to boldly preach the gospel.
What I want young adults in high schools, in universities, in careers and all walks of life to ponder is the question: is God asking me to go somewhere? Is God prompting me to go outside my comfort zone and use the skills he’s given me to make himself known to others?
Cross cultural missions are a necessary step so that every tribe, tongue, and nation get to hear about Jesus. In today’s age, so much influence and change in the world is communicated through social media. People can connect across the world within seconds. So, if connection is possible from the comfort of your own home, then why leave your home country to serve another? I would say the first reason is because God doesn’t tend to favour our being comfortable over his people receiving salvation. I’ve been growing with the Lord in this revelation for some time now and I have been guilty of choosing to be comfortable over obeying the calls of God in my life in the past. I think to choose to physically go to a foreign country for the sake of the gospel means surrendering the familiarity of your language, your own culture and way of life, and putting it at the Lord’s feet saying, “I’m willing to be uncomfortable for your name’s sake”. I see how hungry my generation is for authenticity, for adventure, for love, and for community. I want people my age to tap into this God-given desire to see his world and make Jesus known.