Jason – Global Outreach Director
There is a common thought in Christian circles about a “God shaped hole in our heart that only God can fill”. Personally, I also believe there is a “you shaped hole in the Kingdom, that only you can fill”.
When we were children it was fun to dress up and pretend to be someone else. But as we grew up, we got more comfortable in our own skin and worked to develop our unique talents.
In the same way, as we become believers it is common to admire and imitate our leaders. But in time we discover our own spiritual gifts and how God intends to uniquely use us.
As Central’s Director of Global Outreach, I see a similar pattern from people who want to change the world. Early in their journey, they often carry mistaken ideas about what it would look like to make a global impact. Sometimes they meet someone they respect and want to be just like them. Other times they hear stories of adventure or passion and want to join in.
As I get to know these folks, I try to help them discover how they could best maximize their impact. I often quote David Wheeler, who once told me “Missions is just being yourself, someplace else!”
Now obviously, sometimes “yourself” is not ready to go somewhere else. Let’s be honest, if you are not abiding in Christ, and not living victoriously, then we will need to address that first. Because the reality is, “if your faith doesn’t work at home, don’t export it!”
However, as we deal with those heart issues, find victory over sinful habits, and continue to abide in Christ then we each can discover a unique role to play in advancing the Kingdom of God. As Paul said in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God created you! He created you to do good works: good works he prepared ahead of time!
So what has God created you for? What would it look like for God to use you? The real you, and not the self you think you should be?”
When Michael Jr. was here at Central we saw how God is using his comedy. We all know other believers, who are leveraging their gifts to bring glory to God. But as the “Global Guy” at Central, I often meet people who can’t imagine how those same ideas translate overseas. They have a very small box that people can operate in globally. So, let me dispel some misconceptions by telling you about a few friends of mine.
One moved abroad to advance the Kingdom of God using fashion photography. Another gained access into one of the world’s most restricted countries through his paragliding hobby. Others use their computer skills. Some are using their marketing experience. I know someone who is coaching in another country’s version of the NFL. I know doctors, businessmen, therapists, activists, teachers, and some who are serving the poor.
My point? God can use you. He can use your hobbies, your passions, your skills: the real you. You don’t have to be like anyone else. God wants you to be you.
The most crucial question is, “What do you look like when you are fully alive in Christ?” Because what the world really needs is more people who have truly come alive!