Get Caught Up
Theme of the week: What's a "Missional Christian"?
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: "In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world., (John 17:18, The Message) Dig Deeper: Mark 10:28-31
This is where our potentially awkward phrase, missional Christian, becomes so helpful. Every Christian is marked by God's mission in this world. But not every Christian is caught up in that same mission. Many of us are caught up in protecting ourselves from the world, succeeding in this world, and enjoying the pleasures of this world. But there is another way.
Go and do likewise. Just as Jesus blew open the door of the lawyer's warm, stuffy, familiar house of words and theory, so he continues to invite his followers to wake up from the slumber of their safety, success, and hedonism, and breathe in the brisk air of his gospel call: go and do likewise. [As stated in Sunday's reading,] Jesus won't settle for us being marked by God's mission in this world; he is joyfully insistent that we get caught up in that same mission.
Of course getting caught up in God's mission is not something that happens all at once, but it is something that can and should happen to every Christian. Every Christian is called to partner with God in his work. No Christian is meant to be a bystander. And here's the really good news. Every Christian can become more missional over time. I know from personal experience.
—Don Everts in Go and Do
My Response: What one step can I take to become a more committed "partner with God in his work"?
Thought to Apply: To accept Christ is to enlist under a missionary banner.—James S. Stewart (Scottish preacher, professor)
Adapted from Go and Do (IVP, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, teach me what it means to be a missional Christian; help me to do my part to obey your call to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20).
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