Missionary Expectations: Expect Transformation

September 30, 2013

Missionaries, personal faith

In missions, not too much is certain. You don’t know what God is going to do in your ministry. Your sense of call may change. Your team or location may be different within a year or two. You might be expecting to go for five or more years but in the end you may not celebrate your first anniversary.

What can you expect?

You can expect God.

You can expect God to do the unexpected. You can expect God to do amazing things that you wouldn’t have thought of, imagined, or dreamed of. You don’t know quite what to expect.

However, all missionaries carry with them a set of expectations, whether they recognize them or not, whether they are verbalized or not. These expectations have been developed over the years in Bible school, in the church, by family and friends, and in the missionaries own musings and wonders and hopes and fears. But almost all of those expectations will not turn out, because almost all expectations fail to materialize.

Ditch them.

There is one expectation that is guaranteed to come true though. If you expect God to change you while you are on mission, then you’re expectation will be met.

God is faithful to accomplish his one mission: to transform you into the image of his son, in order to give Jesus Christ brothers and sisters. Read about it in Romans 8. Expect it to come true.

“But I’m going in order to see and to help others to change,” you say. That may happen – it may not. Just don’t forget about yourself in God’s equation.

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2 Comments on “Missionary Expectations: Expect Transformation”

  1. kcwalton Says:

    This is a great word with much wisdom and truth. “Ditch them” can be a long painful process with parallels to Paul’s, “I have been crucified with Christ” and “I consider them all to be trash.”


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