What type of missionary does God want? Here are two verses from our sacred book
Step by step, I shall nurture trees, starting with aged ones,
and assemble them in preparation for the future. 7-19
Though I have gathered many and varied trees,
those that are like a distorted mirror will not do. 3-50
According to the two verses, God wants older, mature, open minded people to spread God’s truths. But we often see young evangelists on U tube and on television. We also see youths that are determined to make religion their career. Does this mean that we need to be wary of the youth that claim to know God’s truths?
God prefers the elderly because they have gone through the ups and downs of life, and can relate the teachings to their experience. The good path they follow becomes hardened, like the trail that is traveled much. This proven path to a joyous life, like the trail in the woods becomes easier to follow by others. The younger missionary may know more about God’s teachings, but lacks the experience and has not solidified the path; and like the less traveled trail, becomes difficult to follow. Experience is what God wants.
But God also requires the missionary to be open minded and understanding. Being old and open minded might be an oxymoron. How many old people are open-minded? There is popular saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Finding an open minded elderly person may be a little difficult. It is the quality of a mirror that reflects the true image that God wants. The distorted mirror is like a mind that does not see the truth. It does not reveal the true image. It is this mind that is open to the truth that God wants in the old missionary.
It conclusion, many of the prophets in our religions have started in their latter years. The youth may not be God’s first choice as missionaries, but the good news is that eventually they will become old. God wants old and mature missionaries!