Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: Know the Difference – YWAM Asheville

Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: Know the Difference 

Introduction:

According to the dictionary, justice is, “behaving according to what is morally right and fair” or “just behaviour or treatment.” Justice is inseparable from morality. As a Jesus follower, I base my decisions that are moral on what I see in the scriptures. I look for how justice and morality are displayed by Jesus. I’ve chosen to view God as the ultimate moral creator and giver. Who else should we look to for guidance in this area? When I allow the gospel to determine my understanding of justice, my definition of it changes. 

 

What is social justice?

The United Nations defines social justice as “the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth.” The National Association of Social Workers states that “social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.”  

Culturally and generationally, we correlate the term social justice with economic opportunity, access to resources, and equity in treatment. These are not “bad” things whatsoever. In fact they can reflect very Biblical values. 

But Christians cannot allow their understanding of justice to be rooted in society’s definitions. Our foundation and compass when approaching the topic of justice must begin with the heart and Word of God. 

We live in a society where everyone makes their own decisions on what justice is and all that it entails. Hot topics and controversy tend to lead these conversations, and we have a tendency to let “justice” become an excuse to point fingers at each other. Each culture and generation define social justice in their own way, forever adjusting implications and expectations. Social justice, especially in the age of social media, can elevate someone who has experienced an injustice to a hero status, glorifying victim identity. Do victims deserve recognition, healing, space, and platform? Absolutely. We must listen to those who have been wronged in order to make changes. However, there is a pattern of idolizing victims, which enables a cycle of pointing out injustices without providing solutions to root causes. This is exacerbated by the speed of every news cycle, and noise made on social media…Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are platforms that offer very limited understanding of the extensive context of each issue. Context that is desperately needed to accomplish sustainable change.

God recognizes that each individual requires different amounts and types of resources, assistance, and tools. His mercy and goodness to us are as unique as we are. Today’s version of social justice tends to make blanket statements and sweeping judgements. One size does not fit all when it comes to true justice. Biblical justice holds space for every circumstance to be unique and complex.

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“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

What is Biblical justice?

I would like to come at this from an angle like someone who is in full-time Christian ministry at YWAM Asheville, fighting human trafficking on a global scale. It can be very easy to be pulled into the emotions of things that I see in moments of cruelty, trauma, and even restoration. A sense of anger can arise when I hear first-hand accounts of neglect and severe abuse.

In these moments, I am given the opportunity to let Jesus expand my understanding of what justice is. He invites me to move forward with the intentional response, rather than the compulsive reaction. 

Fighting injustice with intentional response might look like this: 

-compassion 

-listening 

-generosity and care 

-walking committedly alongside the individual 

-and together pursuing a place of wholeness and wellness. 

It can also mean making sure that perpetrators, if possible, are held accountable for their actions. Biblical justice does include standing against evil in all forms. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Often we feel that justice has been served in completion when the perpetrator is in jail…or a sum of money has been paid, or something stolen has been restored. Rather than letting it end there, we should look to follow through in every situation with grace. Grace is not at odds with biblical justice. It is a paradox, but one we must embody as Christians. 

The Difference between Social and Biblical Justice

Biblical justice goes the extra mile, and then some. True justice walks in forgiveness towards the perpetrator, tries to break the mold of generational abuse, and brings reconciliation. Social justice often falls short by treating a symptom, whereas Biblical justice seeks to treat the root cause; the heart. 

Many perpetrators of injustice behave as they do because they are themselves victims of injustice. Yet society expects them to be an upstanding citizen with morals and use common sense. This is a vicious cycle that won’t be stopped by simply having someone declared as “guilty” by a judge and serving their sentence. There is a deeper, heart-level cause that needs to be addressed for Biblical justice to prevail. 

Final Takeaway 

As a teenager, my family experienced devastating trauma and injustice. It wasn’t until many years later that I truly chose to walk in forgiveness, which allowed my heart to move forward in freedom in an indescribable way. The people who created the pain will likely never know that I have forgiven them…but if there were ever a time that I was to be face to face with them, I know how I plan to respond. It’s shown me that healing can be possible at every level, and God has used this event to carve love and compassion for offenders in my heart. 

Are you quick to write off those who have inflicted pain? Or would you be willing to spend your time with the “sinners” of society, those who cause pain? When Jesus came, he came for the lost, the brokenhearted, the perpetrator. 

I pray that believers living in 2021 learn to focus on grace going hand in hand with justice. Our society has often decided that they don’t belong together. But that is who Jesus is. Mercy and truth. Grace and justice. Lion and lamb. 

YWAM values training every student who comes to a Discipleship Training School about the true meaning of justice. Everyone who does a DTS at YWAM Asheville will receive teaching on justice, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion…and have the chance to demonstrate the beauty of Biblical Justice to the world around them. If you’re ready to take your understanding of justice to the next level, join us for the next DTS! Apply in just minutes for free.

 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

Micah 6:8

The Ultimate Checklist for your YWAM DTS

The Ultimate Checklist for your YWAM DTS

 

Introduction: 

Getting ready to head to a YWAM Discipleship Training School? Look no further for your ultimate packing checklist! Your YWAM DTS will be full of so many adventures, make sure you arrive prepared with what you’ll need….and leave at home what you won’t. 

Why choose Asheville for DTS 

There are many reasons that YWAM Asheville is a perfect place to do a DTS! Some of the key reasons are our location, our ministries, our size, and our culture. The mountains of Western North Carolina provide a stunning atmosphere for growth, learning, and getting closer to God. The thriving city of Asheville is unique to the American South in that it is culturally and spiritually diverse. Art, music, and natural beauty are everywhere! 

As a YWAM base, our ministry is dedicated to 3 main areas; 

-Training Jesus focused on missionaries and leaders. We are passionate about seeing young people sent to the nations on behalf of the Gospel. 

-Serving the nomadic hippie travelers. Our hearts beat for the underserved and marginalized street kids who have rejected society and have taken to the road to find freedom. 

-Assisting women who have been affected by sex trafficking. We are zealous about restoring what the injustice of human trafficking has stolen. 

Because we are a smaller base, our schools are intimate, deeply transformational, and intentional. Each student will have dedicated staff members who are committed and involved in their DTS journey. Our size allows us to function as a family, and that is the hallmark of our culture as a YWAM base. Family. When you arrive at YWAM Asheville you will know that you are loved, you are important, and that you belong. 

 

12 Things to pack before going to DTS 

So, regardless of where you are going to do a DTS, here is a list of 12 things you’ll want to be sure to pack before you head out! 

  1. Clothing: 
  • 4-5 casual outfits that you can wear to class, during ministry times, or on outings
  • 2-3 hard work outfits that you don’t mind getting dirty (This may look like cleaning a homeless shelter, doing yard work, or going on a hike) 
  • 1-2 slightly formal outfits for church or special events
  • 1-2 sets of modest PJ’s or loungewear 
  • Enough underwear and socks to get you through 8-9 days without a washing machine 
  1. Shoes: 
  • 1 pair of comfy walking shoes…we walk a lot! 
  • 1 of pair of sandals 
  • 1 pair of formal shoes (not too formal…you may need to take them on outreach)
  1. Your Bible, of course! 
  2. Up-to-date Passport with plenty of time (10+ months) before the expiration
  3. A sturdy water bottle that you won’t mind getting a little scratched up 
  4. Any personal medication you will need during your 5-6 months away from home
  5. 1 or 2 lightweight towels that will air dry quickly 
  6. Bedding: It’s important to know what your DTS location provides for the lecture phase, and bring bedding accordingly. You’ll also want to ask your DTS contact what kind of bedding you should bring for outreach. Most often a lightweight sleeping bag will do the trick.
  7. Toiletries:  Only the essentials! You can most likely purchase things like soaps and shampoos once you arrive at DTS, rather than travelling with them.
  8. A day bag, like a small backpack or shoulder bag 
  9. A larger bag for outreach. Most YWAM bases will suggest a gender-appropriate 50-70L backpacking backpack for a DTS outreach. But be sure to double-check with your DTS contact to see if that is the most ideal luggage for your outreach location. 
  10. A sweater or jacket, depending on the weather at your base’s location. Some YWAM DTS locations are in tropical rainforests that see a bunch of rainfall. Some are in desert cities where buildings blast air conditioning year-round. Still, others are in mountain top tundras that are extremely windy. Just be sure to do your research and ask your DTS contact on how to best be prepared for the weather you will encounter. 

Other things to consider bringing to DTS: 

•Does your DTS have electives, tracks, or a focus? You may want to bring some of your own materials or equipment that will be of use. If it’s a Sports & Fitness DTS, make sure you bring plenty of athletic clothing, shoes, any braces you need, and a sweat towel. What about an Arts & Design elective? Yes, you can totally bring your own supplies if you wish. Photography? Bring your camera and SD cards! Whatever the theme is, just stay in contact with your DTS staff about what all you may want to bring for your particular elective, track, or focus. 

•A bathing suit would be a good idea! If you do your DTS in Asheville, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore local waterfalls and lakes. But let’s leave those bikinis and speedos at home. (Ladies, a one-piece, a tankini, or even a tank top and shorts would be fine depending on what base you go to.) 

•If you play a musical instrument that is simple enough to travel with, by all means, bring it! You’ll have ample time to worship and jam together with your classmates. 

•Some sunglasses that are ok to lose or break 

•A sun-blocking hat, if you wish 

Do: 

  • Keep modesty in mind while packing! We ask that you come to DTS ready to focus your eyes on Jesus, and allow others to do the same 😉
  • Research the weather patterns of the location you’ll be at during that time of year. Bring clothing accordingly. 
  • Check with your DTS contact about any specific items you may need for outreach. Some outreach locations require that women wear long skirts or head coverings, while other locations may require closed-toed shoes. If your outreach location is unknown, be prepared to purchase some items you might need once you find out. It’s a good idea to try to raise some extra funds beyond your tuition for unknown expenses like these.
  • Pack as light as possible. Space is very limited, both on-base and on outreach. 

Don’t:

  • Bring anything that is too valuable to lose or get damaged, like jewellery or family mementoes. Naturally, you may want to bring your laptop, prescription glasses, or camera…just be prepared for the risk associated with travel, particularly overseas. Consider investing in hardshell cases for those items that you do bring to prevent any avoidable damage.
  • Bring a ton of books. You’ll have plenty of provided reading materials related to the course.
  • Bring a bunch of makeup or hair tools. Girl, give your face a break. You’re beautiful! Some makeup basics are fine, of course, but take this opportunity to give your 30-minute routine a vacation. You will be sharing a bathroom with multiple other people, and solo mirror time will be sparse.
  • Pack your big bottles of lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. Either bring smaller sized bottles or purchase those items once you arrive. You could even consider buying those big bottles with your roommates and sharing them so they don’t go to waste.

Final Take Away 

We’ve listed the most important physical items to bring to your YWAM DTS…but honestly, the most important things to bring with you are an open mind, a flexible spirit, and a heart ready for whatever the Lord has in store for you! 

If you’re still looking for the best place to do DTS, YWAM Asheville might be the place for you. Apply in just 3 minutes for free. We can’t wait to meet you!

A Global Perspective on Rhett and Link’s Deconstruction of Faith

A Global Perspective on Rhett and Link’s Deconstruction of Faith

The pantheon of gods that my culture offers is quite an overwhelming experience. I grew up in a Christian family in India and had the unique advantage of seeing Jesus through the prism of other religions and deities. When you grow up with many options, critical thinking along with disagreeing and debating other world-views comes very naturally.

In my process of elimination and critical thinking through all of the options that were available, I found the Bible and Jesus very fascinating and compelling. Even so, I had to deconstruct before I could reconstruct my faith.

It’s a very healthy process. 

 

We have 4 daughters ages 12, 14, 16, and 18, and they have always gone to public school. My daughters are independent thinkers and we have intentionally shaped them to be so. This Lent we are taking them through the “what if we are wrong” process, helping them to relook at their Christian faith. There is room at the table for mysteries and questions because they are an important part of the process. We highly value the presence of critical and honest thinking when it comes to our faith. 

Yes, I have watched the whole 1:44 of the YouTube video of Rhett and Link on the deconstruction of their faith. They had my attention the whole time, as I was very inquisitive. I respect their journey and don’t think they are being dishonest with what is happening in their head.

This response is an appeal to their followers.

Consider these thoughts as you may be deconstructing your faith.

Jesus did not die for the Bible Belt of America…

Being on staff with CRU, I am sure they have traveled and have had some exposure to world religions. However, Rhett and Link’s spiritual journeys seem to be limited to the Bible Belt, which automatically constricts their reasoning. It is intellectual suicide to begin your critical thinking with the premise that the Bible was written to a 21st century Bible Belt Christian. You will be lessening and distorting the revelation by doing so.

You have to look at Jesus in light of other options. 

Despite my upbringing in a Christian home, I was surrounded by Hindus and Muslims. As well as English and Hindi, I learned to speak the language of Muslims, Urdu, because my best friends were Muslim. It wasn’t until the age of 21 that I saw the truth of the gospel of Jesus and decided to follow him. I moved to America in 1999 and married a woman from the Bible Belt, where we settled. Therefore, I am very familiar with the Bible Belt culture that Rhett and Link grew up in, but I’m also very familiar with other world-views.

Deconstructing one’s faith is only a fair argument if we deconstruct every world-view (including atheism) and allow each to pass through the same scrutiny, letting the truth emerge as a result.

Global Christian belief

  According to the 2017 census we have 7.5 billion people alive on planet earth and 2.1 billion of them subscribe to the Christian world-view. A majority of the growth is happening in non-Christian countries; in other words, places where it is illegal to proselytize or believe in Jesus. This is a crucial observation as they are not becoming “rice Christians,” meaning they convert only for the bowl of rice promised at the end of the sermon. With these conversions, they are risking the very lives of their family because they believe Jesus to be the truth. So, we are left with two options.

If a Hindu or Muslim that has converted to Christianity is willing to die for the sake of their new faith, it means he or she is either a lunatic or a critical thinker, going through a deep process of deductive reasoning. 

You may say other radical word-views are dying for their faith too. When you put them next to the Christian world-view the martyrdom looks the same, but they are not. It is very different from Islamic extremists taking their life for the sake of Allah. This is leaving the Islamic or Hindu world-view to follow Christ. The paramount difference here is, the force that Christians are driven by is love. It’s a massive difference.

One does not arrive at following Christ emotionally without considering the consequences, especially if it’s putting the lives of one’s family in danger.

If you are deconstructing as Rhett and Link have, to assume that these people have not thought through their faith intellectually is quite debasing. 

Historical figures

Napoleon Bonaparte, a European emperor from the early 1800s, conquered most of Europe through violence and forceful acts. Toward the end of his life Napoleon said, “Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him.” The reason I find this very profound is a human of this caliber had no need to make any comment regarding Christianity, yet he saw the relentless pursuit of the followers of Jesus and could not deny the authenticity in the person of Jesus.  

Apostle Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, went to India just for the sake of telling people about Jesus. He was beheaded for spreading this message. From a glance it looks like a normal Christian story, but we have to look at this story through the cultural lens of India. Anti-Hindu messages don’t survive easily in the Indian culture. The counter-cultural message that Thomas brought to India of a faith in the One True God in a land of 350 million gods should not have stood the test of time. Yet today, a Christian movement has emerged in India 2000 years after Thomas gave his life for this message in India. As well, since Christianity came to India, Indian Christians have gone through hell to keep their faith.

It is not cultural or family protocol for Indian Christians to follow through with their faith. Rather Indian Christians come to their belief through reason and contemplation.  

Eye witnesses

We live in a world of fake news and it is very natural for us to question any news or any document, rightfully so. Sometimes we have the same response towards the gospels. The difference here is the gospels were not written like the news of today. The phrase that we commonly hear in the news reports of today is “sources say”. This is totally contrary to the first century Christians.  “Eye witness” was the golden standard. The information was either written by or cross checked by one or more eyewitnesses before it went on the circuit. Of course, Luke wrote his own account and was not an eyewitness; however, he got his data from several apostles who were eyewitnesses and wrote his account by diligent comparison of data gathered from these apostles, similarly to how a biography is written today.

The Quran and Jesus

The Quran was written 600 years after Jesus, and it affirms many accounts of the life of Christ, and reveres him as a holy prophet. The point of disagreement between Christianity and Islam is the death, burial, and the resurrection of Christ. The Quran even affirms the second coming of Jesus. Traditionally there are 5 pillars of Islam; however, lately some of the Muslim communities have added a 6th pillar called the Jihad. I believe this is paramount because the 6-pillars Muslim community has always been against the Christian world-view. In recent years we have watched the brutal beheadings of Christians on Muslim soil. Thus, it begs the question, if they are so against the Christian world-view, why do they place Jesus on the seat of a prophet or give him the weight of the second coming? Why are Muslims converting to Christianity by hoards every day? It is worth the pausing and pondering. 

Rhett and Link discuss Christian authors talking about sharing Jesus to the person next to them on a flight and how ridiculous it is. Let me explain this for those born after the cell phone came into our world. The reason they always used the airplane as an example of sharing their faith is because that was the YouTube and blogs of their generation. In other words, that was where they met people. Now, we meet people via the internet on a daily basis.

So any blog or YouTube is just the same as their “airplane”. 

On a lighter note, this is not a crisis of Christian world-view. This way of thinking has been around and will be around. And it shall pass…

Happy deconstruction! 

4 Reasons To Do Your DTS in Asheville

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4 reasons to do your dts in asheville 

1. we’re a family

We are all created to live and learn in a Community context. You are leaving home but you will be coming home, except this time it’s to a family of missionaries.  Hospitality and family are at the core of who we are and we thrive because of it.  Here there is a place for you to weave yourself in the the fabric of who we are. You will be entering a multicultural family where you will have the opportunity to see the world through the lens of other cultures that God created. And its going to expand your worldview to the better.  
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2. discovering your purpose is our purpose

A unknown author said “two most important days of your life: The day you were born and the day you discover why.  It is the most exciting journey to be in where you are discovering your Purpose.  Our birth was not a coincidence or random act of God but rather a carefully crafted purposeful life. In your YWAM DTS here at Asheville, you will have a one on one attention with our staff on a weekly basis to help you find your call and your purpose. 

3. the hippies & the himalayas

Like we say it here, you will take the gospel of Jesus “from the mountains of Asheville to the valleys of the Himalayas.” We are passionate about many things…2 of the main ones are our city, Asheville, and the Himalayas. In your lecture phase you get to experience reaching out to the Nomadic, hippie, traveller young people that are trying to fins meaning of life and spirituality.  We serve them Indian vegan food and share Christ with them.  We carry the same passion into the outreach to the Himalayas reaching the same kind of people on the hippie trail. 

4. the location

I know God can move and touch us in any location.  But why not kill two birds with one stone? Asheville is surrounded 60 water falls and the lovely Blue Ridge Parkway runs through our city, and then there are countless hiking trails of the Appalachian mountains.  In the spring you will find that Asheville bursts with life and color. The YWAM DTS classroom is located right in the heart of Downtown Asheville, you are always in the midst of great artist blowing glass or stroking their paint brush or playing music on street corner. 

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My DTS Outreach

My dts Outreach

My dts outreach

I did my DTS almost 27 years ago, but the lessons learned are still fresh and relevant.

My biggest takeaway was that God has a specific call on my life. I’m not on earth randomly or haphazardly. He has a purpose for me. He made that clear to me one day as our team was playing with the children of the village we were living in, Yunatsite, Bulgaria. We were in this big open field on a cold wintery day. Everyone was all bundled up, wrestling in the middle of the field. I took a step back for a moment to just take it all in, and time started to stand still for me; things were happening in slow motion almost. In that moment, I felt the Lord say to me,

“There are villages all over the world like this who need to hear about Jesus. Will you go?”

It is one of the handful of times in my life to date that I KNEW God was undeniably speaking to me. I said yes to the Lord that day, and never turned back. He had called.

Another lesson I learned is that love and acceptance go a long way. There was this little three-year-old girl in this village named Nellie.

Nellie was the daughter of a prostitute, and no one in the village accepted her. One of the first days our team arrived, I went outside to meet all of the kids and was quickly surrounded by a sea of children. I leaned over and picked up the closest child to me. As I stood back up with Nellie in my arms, I could hear the kids’ audible gasps. They could not believe I had picked up this outcast. Mind you, I didn’t know Nellie was an outcast, I just knew she was a cute little girl. I leaned over to Nellie’s cheek and gave her a kiss. Again, gasps from the crowd around me. I then pointed to my cheek and asked Nellie for a kiss. She looked at me with such confusion on her face. So I kissed her again, and then pointed to my cheek. We did this a couple more times before Nellie leaned over to me and, instead of kissing my cheek, she sucked it. You see, as the daughter of a prostitute, Nellie didn’t know how to kiss. Kisses weren’t something she received. I knew then that Nellie was someone I was going to love on for our entire outreach in Yunatsite. This little girl needed to know she was loved, by me and by Jesus. Nellie and I spent a lot of time together, and by the end of the outreach she would come running through the door of our house, kiss me on my cheek and whisper,

“Obetchem te.” I love you.

Finally, God showed me in the most crazy way that he will always take care of me. You see, we lived in a house that did not have an indoor bathroom, so to bathe, we had to go to other homes to shower. In fact, in that two month outreach, I had a total of 14 showers/baths. One Wednesday night we were going to a house church in another village and there was a house in that village that had a shower we could use. So I had my backpack loaded with toiletries, a clean set of clothes, some team money, and my passport. After our showers we went drove to the house church where I left my backpack in the car. After church, we came out to discover the car had been broken into, and my backpack had been stolen…with everything in it, even my passport. My outreach leader and the local pastor spent the next three days combing that village in search of my bag. Late Saturday night, after I had gone to bed, the door to my room opened up and my leader tossed my book bag to me. They found the people who had my bag, and everything was in it (minus the cash) including my passport.

The Lord had truly taken care of me.

And he’s done it time and time again in these last 27 years.

My DTS outreach was the start of a life of adventure with Jesus.

Come to YWAM Asheville’s DTS and start your adventure today!

4 Ways You Can Be A Missionary Right Now

4 ways you can be a missionary right now

“I’m no missionary.” 
“I haven’t been trained to do that.”
“I could never be a preacher.”
“I’m just an accountant/lawyer/stay-at-home-mom/student/etc.” 

One of the pervasive misconceptions in the Christian world is a simple one: “I can’t be a missionary or do ministry because I’m just a __________.” It’s not something we promote, or even say out loud, but it sits under the surface sidelining many of us out kingdom work.

But there’s good news!

The mission of God is not given to those who are paid to minister. Most of us who do “ministry” as a job are actually called to train and equip believers FOR ministry. The commission is given to all who follow Jesus. And there’s more good news. Living as a missionary is something you can do right where you are, whenever you are whoever you are. The only prerequisite is being a follower of Jesus. Here are 4 simple ways you can follow the great commission no matter what your gifting or circumstance. 

1. Ask God for opportunities

I’ll never forget my youth pastor saying these words in youth group when I was in high school: “There’s one prayer God will always answer with ‘yes.’ Give me an opportunity to show someone your love.” First Timothy says that God desires that all should be saved. Romans tells us that he has established us, you and I, to be his body working in the world. We have the privilege of participating with him in the work of the kingdom. If we ask for the opportunity to share the love of Christ he will absolutely provide it. 

2. Slow down and listen

There are people all aground you, all the time. Coworkers, kids friends, mom at the park, cashiers at Wal Mart. They’re everywhere. Most of us find ourselves naturally in conversation on a regular basis with people who don’t know Jesus. Scripture makes it clear that everyone is searching for meaning and that Christ is “in all and through all.” The person bagging your groceries needs Jesus and Jesus is near to them calling them to himself. Next time you’re in a casual conversation slow down and listen to what’s being said. When your coworker causally jokes that they’re “tired of the same grind” or your waitress at the diner mentions that she’s “good, but tired from pulling another double shift” you’ll notice the shadows of kingdom between the lines. The longing for the kingdom of God is in everyone. As we ask God for opportunities we slow down to look for them. If you’;; slow down and listen you might find the opportunity to ask “what is it that you dream of doing with your life?” or “that must be exhausting, can I pray for you?” One the secrets of every missionary is that most “big Jesus moments” start as simply as that. 

3. Use what you have, where you are, with those you can reach

The global nature of our world is a wonderful thing. It means you can reach someone in another state, country, or culture with nothing more than Instagram. It also means we can see all the needs in the world and become overwhelmed with the great need. Andy Stanley, a pastor and author in Atlanta, says to “do for one what you wish you could do for one thousand.” The beautiful truth of the great commission is that it’s mostly accomplished by normal people with normal resources. You might not have a deep bank account, but you might have a spare bedroom. You might have a free evening you invite someone to dinner. You might have a job connection to someone who needs work. Whatever it is you have is all that you are required to use. Partnered with the Holy Spirit, a little and much both go a long way. 

4. Embrace the small things

All of these things are simple and small. The secret is that these are the things missionaries do in India and in Indiana. We don’t need to be Billy Graham. We just need to be willing to minister. You might get it wrong. You might pray for someone and they think it’s weird. You might share Jesus and meet needs for someone for years with no real fruit. That’s okay. God is just as present in the small, everyday mission as he is in the missions that make headlines and tear-jerking testimonies. Embrace that you are pursuing the mission of God and living out the kingdom by taking advantage of the opportunities you have been given. Your ministry is essential to the mission.

If you read this and it sparks something in your heart that says “I want to see the great commission filled. I want to learn how to share the gospel in every arena or with any gifting” then a YWAM DTS might be the next step for you. At YWAM Asheville we believe that ordinary people are the key to the great commission. A Discipleship Training School is a 5 month school where students commit to knowing God in order to make him known. It’s a training for ordinary people who want to see God do the extraordinary in their lives and in the world. If you want to be equipped to use your unique gifting as a tool for the kingdom apply today.