Mine Eye Affecteth Mine Heart: Josh Miller
I grew up in a Christian home. Memories of my youth are filled with believers investing in me and sharing the gospel with me. Gospel witness surrounded me, yet I rejected this good news until I was 18 years old. At that time, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin and hypocrisy, and I received Christ as my Savior! Shortly after that, I went on my first missions trip to Peru, South America. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was excited about my new life in Christ, and I wanted to see what was outside of the world in which I grew up.
I arrived in Peru and met David Gardner, the missionary with whom I would spend the next month. David invested in me and showed me how God could use my life to reach the world with the gospel. From my very first day in Peru, I started to realize that Peruvian culture and religious traditions were nothing like mine. I saw sincere people who were caught up in a system, trying to do anything they could to earn favor with God. They wanted so badly to be accepted by God, but they did not have the truth of God’s Word. I considered my own testimony, how I rejected the gospel for so many years, and it astounded me that many of the Peruvians I saw would go their entire life without ever hearing the gospel.
The Lord used this experience to open my eyes to the need for the gospel around the world. All I knew was the situation I grew up in, but I did not consider that so many people around the world could live their whole life without the transforming message of God’s Word! It took a trip to South America for God to show me how blessed I am and how He could use my life to be a blessing to others by sharing the gospel with them.
I want to encourage and challenge you to go on a missions trip. Visit a missionary with an established ministry and see what God is doing all over the world. You have been richly blessed, and there is no telling how God can use your life for His glory! Take the time and make the trip to see how God can burden your heart and use your life to reach others with the gospel that reached you!