Missio Dei (The Mission of God) – Day 2
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
In the last post, we talked about how the great commission isn’t just for people who go to a foreign land to tell people about Jesus – as Christians we are all called to the mission of God.
But before we talk about being missional, its important that we realize that in order to effectively represent the kingdom, our walk with Christ should reflect the God we serve. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men” (2 Cor 3:2-3)
People are watching us: How we talk to people, how we treat others, what we talk about, what we wear, how we respond to difficulty. To the unsaved people around you, you may be the only bible they will ever read. And so our lives reflect the condition of our walk with God – If we are “a letter about God”, if we are the message, what is our life saying?
“Each of us is a ‘letter about God’ that the people around us are reading.”
Think about it – if a Christian’s marriage is always on the rocks, they’re short and snappy with people, they’re always talking trash about others, they’re always negative or down in the dumps…the people around that Christian are going to think that their faith hasn’t helped them very much.
“When a Christian is always embroiled in the consequences of their sin, it will hinder their ability to share their faith.”
I’m not saying we have to have perfect lives, but I am saying that if we are walking in the peace, and the joy, and the power of God in our lives, it will have an impact on the people around us
Think about it – People that you know who consistently spend time in God’s word, that have a prayer life, that fellowship with other Christians who encourage them, and who seek to live by God’s principles… it shows in their life. Jesus said:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matt 5:14)
“Hey, can I talk to you… why are you so happy?”
When we’re walking in the peace and joy of the Lord, the blessings of God, people around us will notice, and it will open doors of opportunity to share your faith. Quite frankly that is the life that God has for the Christian – abundant life…
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
“It’s time to grow”
What is the solution? Try harder? No. If you’re life doesn’t reflect the power, love, and freedom of the God you serve, then it’s time to become intentional about growing in your faith. And we don’t become better Christians by trying harder – we become more like Christ when we grow in our faith by…
- Reading and meditating on God’s word.
- Spending time in prayer and worship.
- Getting involved in a bible study with other Christians.
- Joining in community with other Christians who will encourage us in our faith.
- Serving the Lord with our gifts and talents.
I’ll make you a promise, if you’ll do these things, you will grow in your faith. You will become more like Christ. You will become a true disciple of Christ.
FACT: You have to BE a disciple before you can MAKE disciples.
(*This post was taken from my message “Missio Dei – The Mission of God” CLICK HERE to listen to the entire message)
We can change the world, one life at a time…