First off, let me start by saying that I have no intentions of making any of my readers feel condemned, overwhelmed, or unequipped. In fact, the opposite is true. I hope this post finds you encouraged, inspired, and fully capable for the calling on your life!
The truth is, we all have a calling or rather a purpose. A reason we were created in His likeness, in our uniqueness, and a reason we’re still alive.
Some may spend years and years looking for it and quite possibly never find it, because we’re looking in all the wrong places for acceptance and fulfillment. And while I’m fully convinced that each one of us has an exclusive and celestial blue print and plan, the basis is that we are all on the same mission…a commission; to be fishers of men.
I heard this quote recently that quite honestly rocked me. It sounded a bit harsh, but all the same, too true.
Ouch! Now as I said earlier, I don’t want to offend anyone, but I do want to create a sense of urgency for the cause for eternity. It’s no secret that Christians believe in an eternal destination after this life here on Earth: Heaven or Hell. And if Jesus commanded to love and serve our neighbors, even our enemies - then the best way we can do this is by living missional minded.
This urgency doesn’t have to overcome us because we’re not responsible for what people do with this information, that’s God’s job, but it is our job to be ready and eager to plant as many seeds as we can!
7 Ways to Live Missional Minded:
1. Stop thinking missionaries have to travel high and low or far and wide to be on a mission:Your mission is wherever you are, whoever your with, and whatever you do. It’s the grocery store you frequent, your workplace, your social media profiles, and all the other circles you run in.
2. Be in constant prayer: A prayer may start, but it doesn’t have to end. I like to see my prayer time as an ongoing conversation throughout the day. Pray for opportunities to share God's love and truth and to be others focused, always.
3. Know the Gospel Story andKnow Your Story:It is by faith in Jesus and His Gospel message that people are saved. And your story is a story of redemption and of God’s goodness and grace in the life He gave you. Know it, be proud of it, and be ready to share it to whoever will give you an ear.
4. Read Your Bible:I don’t know about you, but I want to know God’s character and of all the times He proved faithful when people were living out their mission, so that I can live out mine in boldness and confidence. He will equip you!
5. Be a Light:Remember that you are an ambassador for Christ’s Kingdom. Carry that title with honor and courage. Be a representative for the joy and peace that transcends all understanding. Also, remember that “more is caught than taught” – represent Him well.
6. Be open to “interruptions” or “inconveniences” in your schedule:So many divine appointments go unmet because we’re rushing to and from, and view our schedule or to-do lists as superior to whatever else is going on in the world around us. Be expectant and willing for God to place anyone or anything in “your way” for an opportunity to share His love.
7. Remind yourself that this is a COmmission: Jesus left us with this command, to go out and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). But the beautiful part of it is that while it’s our mission, it’s very much co-. With Him, with His strength, and with our fellow followers. We are not alone!
If I choose to sit out for this part of the game, I’d have to question whether or not I’m truly on the team. Nobody likes a band wagoner.
I was chosen for this team, I'm accepted on this team, and I have a very specific position...as I am - as well as you! I want to run this race and not miss out on seeing God transform lives, so that not only I, but that others can live in the abundant and full life He has promised. I want to fulfill my purpose and grow the Kingdom of Heaven and watch how God uses little-ol’-me for His grand plan.
I look forward to the day when I walk through that narrow gate and hear “well done my good and faithful servant.” How about you? Comment Below!