Strategic Focus #2 – Missional Living
February 28, 2014
Last week I wrote about personal discipleship. Personal discipleship is the first of our five ministry focuses. Our second ministry focus is missional living. I remain convinced authentic followers of Jesus all have the same vocation. Our occupations vary but our vocations remain the same. Our vocation is wrapped up in missional living.
Our God is a missionary God. A quick scan through the Old Testament will reveal a God who pursues His people. He not only established a relationship with His people, but even when they wandered He sought them out and drew them back to Himself.
Our King is a missionary King. Like a missionary, Jesus left heaven and came to earth. His pursuit was you and I. He made it clear He came to seek and save that which was lost. He brought a message of hope to the hopeless.
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are meant to be missionary people. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, now I send you.” That is huge! We are to live as missional ambassadors in this world as Jesus lived when He was here. How we act matters. How we live matters. Missional living is our vocation.
Our region has churches by the hundreds. Pulpits are ablaze with sermons every week. I have thought more than once, “What our area really needs is not one more sermon. What we need is people who catch on the fire from the fire coming from the pulpits.” Missional living looks like a man who prays for his co-workers and they don’t even know it. Missional living looks like a nurse singing songs over a person in a coma. Missional living looks like a teenage boy shoveling the driveway of an elderly woman. Missional living looks like a mother training up her children in the way they should go. Missional living looks like a single mother giving sacrificially to change a person’s life. Missional living has thousands of faces with one purpose: honoring God in word and deed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are not all called to be Billy Graham or Mother Theresa. The good news is we don’t have to be anything other than ourselves. I couldn’t be Billy Graham even if I tried and neither could you. But, then again, he could not be you either. God made you to be you and you are made to be missional.
Lead Pastor, Fair Haven Church