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Shifting Focus
Theme of the week: What's a "Missional Christian"?
Friday, February 22, 2013

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Key Bible Verse: So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" (2 Corinthians 5:20) Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

I was primarily a safe Christian when I returned from Young Life Camp as a 16-year-old, brand-new Christian. But then something began to happen: my posture toward this world began to shift slowly. I didn't notice it until months later when I found myself thinking about other students in my high school. I was accustomed to thinking about certain people in the halls of my high school (bullies to avoid; cute girls to, well, avoid), but I slowly began noticing other people as well (normal, sometimes hurting people).

These somewhat needy people represented neither threat nor thrill to me. But I found myself thinking about them and saying "hi" to them. Eventually I found myself getting involved in their broken lives, motivated by a blossoming desire to serve and help them in some way.

This shift in my posture toward other high schoolers was but a small foretaste of a substantive shift in my posture toward this entire world. I have been slowly becoming less preoccupied with myself and more preoccupied with others. Every year, I am getting more and more caught up in God's mission in this world. In a word, I am becoming more missional.

—Don Everts in Go and Do

My Response: I will try to become more aware of the needs of people in my neighborhood and at work. As I become more aware, I will ask God to show me how to reach out with his love.

Thought to Apply: Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.—Albert Einstein (German physicist)

Adapted from Go and Do (IVP, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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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