Missio Dei (The Mission of God) – One Person / One Thing
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)
Several years ago I received a very random call. On the line was a young lady who went on to explain to me that her and two friends from college were in town for the summer to sell books, and they needed a place to stay for the summer. I have no idea how she got my number.
I wasn’t too sure about letting three people I didn’t know move in, I still had three of my own living in my house. “Let me call my wife and see what she says…”
At that moment, my wife Tammy was on UNCW campus, praying for God to open up an opportunity to reach college kids. Hmmm…
It’s really easy to get busy in our lives, doing all the things that have to be done, doing the things that we want to do, and and perhaps blowing right past the mission field around us.
So in order to be missional it may require us to become more intentional, to think; What can I do to engage the people who are around me?
- We’ve heard about “random acts of kindness,” instead of random, why don’t we try “intentional acts of kindness?”
- Help a neighbor
- Invite co-worker to lunch – ask about their life
- Offer to pray for the server in a restaurant
- Write a note to one of your children’s teachers and tell them how much you appreciate them.
- Or perhaps, let three random college girls move into your house.
And check it out, if we’re open, God will open opportunities!
Not everyone will be open – some people may pull away once they find out you’re a Christian. Its hard, but it happens.
Others may not be open right away. That’s fine. I personally feel that if we really have a heart for people, we won’t move on if they aren’t open to Christ right away.
Here’s the thing; It’s not our job to create a specific outcome, we’re simply called to be obey. God will work out the results. And we need to remember we might be planting seed that someone else will come along and water.
Becoming missional isn’t as hard as we might think, it simply requires some focus on our part. It requires that we become aware of the people around us, and their needs.
Being missional requires that we become intentional about building relationships with people.
Some things come unsolicited from God: Love, grace, mercy,
But some things come through our effort, our prayer, our discipline. Things like growth, maturity, knowledge of the word, and being missional.
And being missional, having the eye’s of Jesus to see the mission field around us, becoming engaged in their life, sharing our faith, will not happen unless we take intentional actions to move in that direction.
Here my challenge:
One person / One Thing
Think of one person that intersects with your life that you could be praying for.
Then think of one thing that you could do that would bless them.
And don’t worry about how you’re going to lead them to Christ, or whether or not they’ll come to church. Just be a friend.
Because if you really are a friend, if you really care about them, you’ll want to give them the single greatest gift you could ever offer them: To know the living God!
Oh, and those three college girls that came to live with us? Two of them gave their lives to Christ, and the other rededicated her life to Christ. We all became friends for life.
We can change the world, one life at a time…
(This post was taken from my message “Missio Dei – The Mission of God” CLICK HERE to listen to the entire message)