Your calling as a missionary is an extension of your relationship with God. You are called to represent Him in all that you do. You are called to care for those who are hurting, to make disciples of those who don’t know Christ, and to share the gospel with others so that they can enter into a deeper relationship with God. It’s important to remember that this calling comes from God and not from yourself.
Bible Verses About Missionary Calling
Are you called to be a missionary? Take some time to learn why God is asking you to go on this journey, what the Bible says about being a missionary, and how your life will be changed.
- Isaiah 66:13: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”
- Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?”
- Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
- Proverbs 31:26: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
- Proverbs 31:28–29: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”
- Deuteronomy 6:6–7: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
- Proverbs 31:31: “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
- Psalm 139:13-14: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
- Genesis 3:20: “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”
- 1 Peter 3:4: “You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
- Deuteronomy 4:9: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
- Luke 2:51: “And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.”
1 John 3:16
This verse tells us that God loves us and that He sent Jesus to die for us. It also shows us that God will not leave or forsake us, but rather, He wants to make us like Jesus. Finally, it tells us that we should love others because God has given each one of us the ability to do so.
This verse gives me great comfort when I feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities as a missionary and reminds me that no matter how hard my days can be at times it is still worth it because I do this for the glory of God!
John 15:7 says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” This verse can be interpreted in many ways. It can be a promise from Jesus to answer all prayers if the Bible is read regularly and prayer life is strong. Or it could mean that if we abide by His instructions (the Word), He will teach us how to pray correctly so that our petitions are heard on high. The Bible teaches us that faith comes through hearing (Romans 10:17), so being careful about what we listen to will also affect how faithful we are with our lives.
2 Thessalonians 2:14
As you are reading the Bible, you will find that God has many people in mind for missionary work. Here is one verse that proves it: “You have been chosen by God to be a missionary” (2 Thessalonians 2:14). This means that if you are reading this verse, then God has called YOU to be a missionary!
“He who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die (John 11:26-27).
The Bible says that no one can come to God the Father except through Jesus Christ—the only way to God is through Him (John 14:6). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus is calling you to be a missionary.
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19).
You are not alone! Jesus is with you! He will help you in your missionary endeavor and guide you so that when people ask why are you doing this, they can hear the truth about Jesus Christ—that he is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). You are a missionary because God has called you to do so. You have been given gifts and talents that will serve others well when they hear of who God really is through your witness (Acts 6). As a Christian disciple or follower of Christ, it’s up to us who believe in Him as Lord and Savior according to their faithfulness towards His Word by obeying what He tells them to do just like He did with His disciples (Mark 16:15-18; Luke 9:1-4).
The Bible verse “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) has one of the most important messages for Christians to hear. Jesus told His disciples that they were going to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea (modern day Israel), and Samaria (modern day West Bank). And then He said something shocking: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This is a commandment from God for all Christians. We are supposed to go out into our community with the message of salvation through Jesus Christ!
- Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (3:1-13)
- Matthew 5:13–16
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets; I came not to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you that except your righteousness exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
This is a verse you can use to encourage anyone who is wondering whether or not they should go on mission. Jesus said that in the end times, his followers would be hated by both people and governments. It also tells us that we are going to face persecution for our faith—but it tells us not to be afraid! The reason for this is because Jesus himself will come back for those who love him most and who have been faithful until the end.
This verse shows how important your relationship with God is. If you want to know if you’re called by God as a missionary, look at your relationship with him first! If you aren’t sure about something or don’t feel comfortable doing it—go talk with him about it! He knows the plans he has for us (Jeremiah 29:11)
But I will send you out as lambs among wolves. Do not carry any purse or bag or sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace be to this household!” And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick who are there and tell them…
For example, Isaiah 6:8 is a prophecy of God’s call to us and a call to us to be missionaries.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Jesus is calling you to be a missionary!
Jesus is calling you to be a missionary!
The Bible tells us that God has chosen us before the foundation of the world and that we are His children. We were created in Christ Jesus, who is our example of loving others as He loves us. As His children, we have been given gifts by Him to serve others; this means that every person on earth can make an impact for God!
Whether you feel called to do mission work full-time or whether you want just one more thing in your life (like a hobby), it doesn’t matter because everything He does through us is an act of service toward Him and toward those around us.
Whether you feel called to missions or not, please consider giving a donation to mission work. You can reach out to missionaries yourself and ask them what they need. Every little bit makes a difference, especially when it comes to spreading the gospel around the world. If you would like more information about missionary opportunities, please contact us today!