How come “giving it all for Christ” always involves people far away?
This is not an original thought, but still a wonder to me. People always want to do more for Christ, a worthy desire, but the answer given usually recommends going to the mission field, traveling to a far away place to track down suffering, the harsher the better.
I mean no disrespect to anyone who does this, it certainly is worthy of our praise, but honestly, telling a starving North Korean child about Jesus seems easier to me than telling my neighbor I’ve known for 10 years.
Maybe I’m diseased that way, but that’s the way it is for me. Living for Christ among people you know, people you have a reputation with, people you’re friendly with, is often harder than doing so among people you’ll never see again.
Living for Christ before both is a great thing, again don’t get me wrong, but I think we’ve given Christians the idea that the only way to be used by God is to do something fantastic rather than just love your neighbor.
Furthermore, “love your neighbor” is an interesting passage in this context. Your neighbor is anyone near you, no matter where you are. There is no need to go to North Korea to love a neighbor.
A minor pet peeve of mine. It is possible to mundanely give it all for Christ in a way that gathers no notice, appreciation, praise or book deals. In fact, I believe this is what the majority of believers are called to.
Bottom line: do what you gotta do, don’t let me disparage your efforts. If you need to go to North Korea, praise the Lord; if you need to go to Wal-Mart for your neighbor, praise the Lord.
Do all things heartily whether here or anywhere. It all counts.