This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles‚Äîfor surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you. (Eph 3:1-2)
Being a missionary involves having the ability to separate what is truly the gospel from the cultural trappings in which we experience it. For Paul, that meant distinguishing between the scrupulous form of Judaism in which he was raised and to which he was committed and the spiritual needs of pagans throughout the Mediterranean world.
Not everyone is cut out to be a missionary. To be honest, many Christians have a hard time coming to terms with their own culture, much less a completely foreign one! That doesn’t mean, however, that anyone can bow out of the biblical mandate to share the good news of Jesus with others.
We should thank God for missionaries. And whatever gifts we possess, we should find ways to use them to proclaim the gospel.