38. Becoming a World-Class Christian


You have a choice to make. You will be either a world-class Christian or a worldly Christian:

  • Worldly Christians look primarily for personal fulfillment. Their prayers focus on their own needs, blessings, and happiness.
  • World-class Christians know they were saved to serve. They wake up each morning expecting God to work through them.


The opportunities for normal, everyday Christians to become involved in missions are literally limitless. The only barrier is the way we think.

How to think like a world-class Christian:

Shift from self-centered thinking to other-centered thinking.
We are naturally self-absorbed. The only way we can make this paradigm switch is by a moment-by-moment dependence on God. "God has given us his Spirit. Your goal is do whatever will bring the people you meet a step closer to knowing Christ.

Shift from local thinking to global thinking.
Prayer is the most important tool for your mission in the world. People may refuse our love or reject our message, but they are defenseless against our prayers. Pray for:

  • opportunities to witness
  • courage to speak up
  • those who will believe
  • the rapid spread of the message
  • more workers.


Shift from "here and now" thinking to eternal thinking.
What are you allowing to stand in the way of your mission? Whatever it is, let it go. This world as you see it is on its way out. Jesus told us to "store up your treasures in heaven.

Keep from majoring on minor issues and distinguish between what's urgent and what's ultimate. So much of what we waste our energy on will not matter even a year from now, much less for eternity.

Shift from thinking of excuses to thinking of ways to fulfill your commission.
If you are willing, there is always a way to do it. God doesn't want to use just some of his people; he wants to use all of his people. You ought to seriously pray and ask God what he wants from you in the years ahead. The Great Commission is your commission, and doing your part is the secret to living a life of significance.


Question to Consider:

What steps can I take to prepare to go on a short-term missions experience in the next year?


Verse to Remember:

Send us around the world with the news of Your saving power and Your eternal plan for all mankind.

Psalm 67:2