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Two Things People Don’t Know About Being a Missionary

Well, it was our last Sunday in Malawi. Everyone thoughtfully greeted us and wished us safe travels. We have an amazing church. To think that just nine months ago we did not know a single Malawian person, and today we know so many; and greater than that, we now have so many Malawian friends.

1. It is Easy and 2. It is Hard

Who knew missions would be so easy and so difficult at the same time? It’s the personal challenge of living in a foreign place and dealing with very different people, but in that place and with those people we are doing something so easy, we are making friends.

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This is the secret to missions, and really why we can all be called missionaries. Missions is not figuring out what is wrong with people and then telling them about it. It’s just simply being like Christ in whatever place we are in. Christ made friends and made disciples and ultimately gave his life for them; can we not do the same?

Show Christ

I don’t have to change who I am to be a missionary. I don’t need to be more spiritual. In fact, I don’t need to be spiritual at all. My life is submitted to God each and every day, and I expect that anything that follows is all Him.

Lisa and friends

What ends up happening is we show people the Christ in our lives without even knowing it. We show people grace, and we give people truth. We live such a liberated life that people cling to us in hopes that some of us will rub off on them, and it does.

 

 

 

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Qualified by Grace

On several occasions over the past nine months, we have chronicled our personal sense of being unqualified to live the life of a missionary. We have come to realize that we were actually the most qualified people all along. To be receivers of the grace of God was the only qualification we ever needed.

Some of the greatest missionary names we can think of today went out without an understanding of grace. Many of them paid a dear price to learn it, but once they did, the world was truly never the same.

The truth is that being a receiver of grace makes us givers of grace. It’s not I but Christ that lives within me. I can’t think of anything the world needs more now than the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. Missions life can be hard but grace makes it easy.

by Matthew Sliva

Matthew Sliva

Matt and his wife, Lisa, will return to Malawi in Africa for second tour of missionary service. They have been part of a church plant in the city of Lilongwe. Matt possesses fine technical expertise and has been great help in developing Greater Grace’s service and web presentations. See his blog at www.mattsliva.com

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