In Luke 9:57–62, Jesus asked people to follow him as his disciples. Yet in each case different priorities stopped them, and revealed what was more important than following Jesus.
Being a disciple of Christ is costly. It requires a broad vision that encompasses the nations. On what basis are you making your life decisions? Is it in light of God's global purposes?
CMS is committed to the whole world knowing Jesus. We want all people to come to know and serve him...
1. Grow in Christian character
The most important first step is to come to know Jesus yourself and grow as a Christian. Find someone in your Christian fellowship that is willing to disciple you. Ask them for feedback as you grow in Christian character. For some resources to help you do this click here. Growing in godliness is a lifetime process.
2. Be involved in cross-cultural mission
As we grow as Christians, we are spurred on to be involved in God’s mission in longing for all peoples from every nation to know Jesus. This may mean talking with and sharing our faith with people from other cultures, and/or partnering with Christians who are doing cross-cultural ministry across the world.
Through CMS, you could begin praying or caring for missionaries or signing up to their newsletters. Or you could give to world mission. Attending events like Summer conferences will give you ample opportunity to hear about mission. Connect with CMS through social media and be involved.
3. Take it further - ministry involvement
God may be stirring your heart to use your gifts to serve him in future ministry. The best preparation for future ministry is to be involved in ministry now. Serve and develop your gifts wherever God has placed you - such as learning how to lead a Bible study, teaching at Sunday School or seek to share about Jesus in your community.
There are also groups that can help equip you for ministry such as AFES, or the apprenticeship program MTS. CMS also offers apprenticeships in cross-cultural ministry through Mentac. Become well-grounded in God's word by doing theological study.
4. Consider cross-cultural ministry with CMS
Once you have started with the steps above, take the time to talk with CMS about how you might be able to serve God. CMS is looking for people interested in long-term cross-cultural mission, with the aim of reaching gospel-poor peoples and equipping Christian leaders.
We’d love to hear from you! Please click here or contact your local branch to find out more about getting involved in cross-cultural mission with CMS. Not everyone is cut out to be a missionary, and talking with us does not lock you in. We hope to give you objective and practical advice to help you in your decision making.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it" Matthew 16:24-25