Choosing to get into full-time missions work is not an easy choice. There are many things to consider before making this commitment. On one hand, going through training at Emanate can help solve some of these questions, but on the other, it can bring up so many more.

As humans, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the unknowns in life. This is why many never even pursue missions. Going to a different culture and language to tell people the gospel is a great thought, but the reality is that it is hard. When we are faced with questions and the weight of the unknown of missions, we can let it cripple us and never allow us to take that first step of faith.

But when Jesus is talking to those at the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6, He tells us the most foundational answer to all of these questions.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew 6:25-30)

You are of much more value to God than the birds and the lilies, whom He cares for intimately. He knows their every need and meets it. How much more will He meet your needs?

It is still good to have those questions and seek the answers, but don’t let the anxiety of the unknown stop you from moving forward in faith. Instead, choose to bring those things to God and leave them at His feet. Philippians 4:6 is not a suggestion, it is a command to “not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”