We talk a lot about living our lives on mission for Jesus at LOFT. We connect our time in communion directly to our call to live our life on mission. Brice reminded in his sermon that being missional means joining the mission of God as His image bearers.
Here are some very practical points to help us begin living on mission.
If we want to live missionaly, we have to be available. This means we have to get to know the people around us. If we don’t know someone that doesn’t know Jesus, we need to repent & find ways to meet people.
How do we do that? Meet neighbors. Take a walk in the neighborhood. Go to the same store & meet the people at the register. Visit the same Starbucks & talk to people. Invite people over for dinner. Play sports at the park. Get kids involved in sports. Join the PTA or the local gym. Be available.
[pl_blockquote]We are busy doing church programs. We attend five services a week, at three different churches. We aren’t obeying Jesus if all we do is go to church & never share the Gospel. We aren’t going to get a bigger crown because we went to church so much. Do less church stuff & more “worldly stuff”.[/pl_blockquote]
We can be available, but if we never initiate conversations with people it will not make any difference. Ask people questions about their lives & find out what is going on with them. Hear their struggles, their pains, their joys & their accomplishments. Listen.
If we are followers of Jesus, God is living inside of us. We can go to any person with the Gospel because we know that God will speak despite of us & minister. We don’t have to be afraid at all. God is with us.
When we hear a need or concern, offer to pray & pray with them right away. If we can help them, offer a helping hand. Care about the whole person – physically, emotionally & spiritually. All of that matters to God.
Don’t just become friends with people, but actually begin to pray for them by name. Pray that God will soften their hearts. Pray that God will create opportunities for Gospel conversations to happen. Pray that the Gospel will transform them. Pray for God to bring people into our lives that don’t know Jesus.
Be real about ourselves. People don’t need to see that we have our act together, but they want to see if we are genuine or not. Don’t be a fake. Don’t be the “holier-than thou, bless God” people who think that they are better than everyone else. It’s ok to say that we are a screw up, because it’s reality & they know it & we know it. Be genuine.
It is not our job to change people’s lives. In fact, we can’t change anyone. God has to do it. This means that we never give up on a person. We keep loving them & loving them because we will never know when God will transform them. People aren’t projects, they are people. They will know when we treat them like a project. Love them till death. Maybe there are some people in our lives today that might come to Jesus at our funeral. Don’t quit.
It is only God’s grace that is going to transform people. No eloquent words, no formula, no right tract is going to do it. Ultimately, it is in God’s hands. We can be faithful, trust God & rest knowing that God is at work.