So I happen to be in love with Gungor. I think the music is odd, in a good way, and that they try to step outside the bounds of what stations like New Life 91.9 presents to the Charlotte area as Christian music. It is bomb ass music. I love it. To that end, Wesley reserved some tickets to a local show he was playing. Winning!! It was AMAZING!!! The opener, The Brilliance, was also pretty great. I love kick ass cello players. Either way, it being the end of the semester and all, we had a few extra tickets because students are busy and stressed out. Knowing an old friend was interested in joining I invited her along for the ride.
A few months ago I applied for a Young Adult Missionary position with the General Board of Global Ministries through the United Methodist Church. I was selected for an interview in New York at the end of March, and I am….not so patiently… awaiting the results. Of course the longer I wait the more I think they are NEVER going to choose me, but oh how I wish they would!!! It would be the most wonderful thing of which I could ever be included. This friend that I asked to join us at the concert, proof read one of my essays for the application, and on the ride up was inquiring about the potential new position and what the interviews were like ect. She then said something interesting. She said, ‘wow that would be great! You’d get to bring Jesus to the world.’ My friend means well, but I have some serious problems with that statement, the following outlines some of them.
- Can I pack Jesus in my suitcase? I will be taking a lot of clothes, soap, and batteries with me, I don’t know if Jesus can fit in the suitcase. Do you think that airport security would have a problem with Jesus being there?
- More seriously, as far as I know the only being I am taking anywhere is myself. No cats, dogs or sisters. I’m taking me.
- Speaking of the world, as far as I know I will be in two places. That hardly qualifies as the world….
- The reason I’m only taking myself, Jesus is already there. This ‘job’ wouldn’t be about bringing Jesus anywhere, it would be about finding Him everywhere. About seeing the handprints of God on this Earth. God is everywhere, He is already among people that are hurting and delighting, people that are poor and rich. God is there. We call God omnipresent for a reason.
I think that part of the problem with the way that missionaries have been and are viewed is this thought of them bringing Jesus to these ‘other’ people. The problem with that is that I don’t see mission work like that at all…. Perhaps my thoughts are incorrect, but I see mission work being about finding Jesus. Growing deeper in your own faith while among others. I think it is also about showing and finding the unending love and compassion of our savior. You can show it and find it by serving with mutuality among those in your new community. So should I get this dream position, I hope to find Jesus, to find that my faith is strengthened through an authentic presentation of God’s presence on this earth; because we are called to go out and seek the people of this earth to behold and to be a witness of God’s love for us all. Or at least that’s what I think…..