Are You A Missionary?
I have become consumed with a term that is new to me, but one that seems to keep popping up in the places I'm going...It's called, "Being Missional". I'm not completely certain of all this term entails but in my spirit I think it has to do with being people on a mission, of having a desire to move from being a traditional christian that sits on a pew, put an offering in the plate, sings a few songs, nods and amens at the right point in the sermon and going home until the next time...if that's what being missional is...Count Me In! The Kingdom of God is progressive, it is constantly moving forward, encouraging us to progress with what God is doing. It's not faddish, it's not even modern, it's real, relevant, and refreshing. The church must progress, it must minister to the needs of humanity where they live, and the answer is always found in an old book that is always new...The Bible! The words of Jesus in John 17:18 from the Message Bible come to mind when Jesus says: " In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission a mission in the world." Read Paul's encouraging words in I Thessalonians 1, "Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything anymore---you're the message! Being a missionary doesn't mean that you move to Timbuck Too and live in a hut, it means that your purpose in life, the driving force of your existance is to love God, love people, and to share what God has done in your life with others in order for them to experience the life of God themselves! Are we winning souls or are we warming over cold saints...it's just a thought!