To deliver the good news-the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sure, chickens don’t actually evangelize but people with a whole list of irrational fears do. (They also cross a whole lot more than a road.)
I will tell you from personal experience as a person who has struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a term that is often thrown around to often, that my list of fears and quirks has been quite impressive through the years. You may be saying the same about yourself.
“But I hate needles!”
“I am a picky eater.”
“Flying scares my socks off.”
“They don’t have toilets!”
“It’s too dangerous. I could be killed.”
Or perhaps you are just an excuse maker….
“I don’t have the money.”
“I can’t find the time.”
“I don’t think I am a missionary.”
“I don’t know where to go.”
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let me remind you that is was with all authority in heaven and on earth that Jesus gave the final command to go and make disciples of all nations. This is not something we should take lightly.
Matthew 28: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So what do you do if you truly feel incapable and just absolutely frightened of ever going on a mission trip?
I will answer this with scripture;
Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
And his reply to them:
Luke 10:18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Let me remind you that they were instructed to take nothing with them yet they were provided for and given authority and protection from heaven.
God will absolutely provide and cover all of your fear. He is with you to the very end of the age.
If you are not convinced here is more scripture:
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.
Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
I could keep going and my list of scripture against fear might end up as long as your list of worries and excuses.
So lets stop being chickens and cross the road, country, continents, seas, oceans, and time zones.
Going overseas or just across the street can be equally stressful for some people. It is absolutely up to God as to where he wants you to go and when.