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No Tourist Allowed!

Read James 1: 22-25
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

“In my estimation, one mission trip is worth more than fifty-two sermons! We are already educated way beyond the level of our obedience. What we need most is not another sermon. Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. We need to study the Word of God diligently. But we don’t need to know more. We need to do more with what we know. At the end of the day, God will not say, ‘Well thought, Intellectual!’ or ‘Well said, Orator!’ There is only one commendation: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’” – Mark Batterson, ALL IN

On this trip we are NOT tourists.

This week is not about sightseeing.

  • A Tourist is a Sightseer – A Missionary is a sight”doer”
  • A Tourist focuses on the destination – A missionary is focused on the people.
  • A Tourist takes a “day trip”  – A Missionary looks for eternity.
  • A Tourist expects service –  A Missionary expects to serve.

Let’s get our hands dirty, our hearts broken, and our minds transformed.  Let’s experience showing the love of Jesus Christ. Don’t let the language be a barrier to keep you from reaching out. God will use your kindness – hard work – and big smile to speak volumes to those around you.

Lord, How do You want to work in my heart today?

This post is a devotion for the Thomas Road Baptist Church Guatemala Team serving along side of World Help at Hope of Life in Guatemala.

While I wrote this for a team serving in Guatemala this week, it can also apply to your Life Group and ministry in your hometown.  How can you go beyond observing what is happening around you?

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