Gift of Missionary

1 Corinthians 9:22

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

People with the gift of missionary or missions have a heart for evangelism but desire to bring God’s word to another culture.  This is sometimes known as the gift of apostleship which literally means sent with a commission.

Missionaries must do as Paul did – learn the culture they are trying to reach and attempt to fit in and embrace the culture.  They don’t come in telling everyone how stupid and ignorant they are for not doing things the right way and worshipping the true God.

Paul lived this when he went to Athens in Acts 17.  There he saw that the people were very religious, even having an altar to an unknown god so as not to offend any they might have missed.  Rather than tell them how wrong their polytheistic ways were, Paul used the opportunity to tell them about the God they were missing.

Although missions is often thought of as overseas, people can have the gift of missions and use it locally as well.  These people reach out to a culture that is different from their own whether it is through a teen pregnancy center, prison ministry, or multicultural church.

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