Recently I've been reflecting on a paradigm within the Church community. Even this morning, my pastor preached a sermon regarding this very topic: Missions. As in, I am called to be a "Missionary" and I "GO" and "DO" Missions.
Our church has had a recent upswing of Missions awareness. I was involved with the re-formed "Missions Committee" all of last year. As a part of the Missions committee I encouraged, participated and cheered for our church family to become more aware of Missions. We, as a church family, participated in several "Missions Projects" through out the year, and I am excited to see our little part of the Body of Christ growing passionate about serving our community.
BUT... as I sat in Church today, I had a sudden thought.
I really don't like "Missions". It gives me images in my head... like this:
It saddens me that as a Church body, so many "GO and DO Missions" for a day, an hour, a week, and then go back to their normal life. I don't think God calls us to compartmentalized living. I don't think that is AT ALL what was intended. I know it's the most comfortable way, but it's not the BEST way.
What would it really look like in today's church if we really obeyed the commands "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
or "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19
or "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
I don't think that it should JUST be service projects 3 times a year, I am pretty sure it shouldn't JUST be "Called Missionaries" traveling to distant countries, sharing the Gospel, I am fairly certain that it shouldn't JUST be the few people who "have a heart for missions" who would do the majority of the work, and I know DEEP in my heart that we aren't called to "DO" Missions.
Our life should BE a MISSION!
I love the quote "Preach the Gospel always: When necessary, use words."
We are called as Christians to live our lives as a mission, to share the Gospel of Christ with the lost. I am always considering the "Spiritual State" of my friends. Not in the "Going to hell, not going to hell" way, but rather, I am genuinely interested in the Eternal state of my friend's souls. Because I love them.
Those who know me, AT ALL, know that I am a Christian, they know because I talk about it, and ask people questions about what they believe, they know because I am real about my faith. My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life, how can it NOT impact every conversation?! I am not boasting because I think it makes me a better Christian, I am telling you that life doesn't have to be made up of moments that you are serving God and stretches that you aren't. Every moment should be a mission moment.
When is the last time you talked to an acquaintance or friend about God? When have you found yourself praying for someone's relationship with God? When have you cared enough about someone to invite them to church?
Like Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 "Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me." and 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
Because He died... Because He first loved... THAT is why we should live our lives as a mission!