What are we doing? Over the past few days I have been reading various articles and blogs about the Missional Church. One of my favorite thus far is here. The following quote inspired me to continue to think deeper about my calling as a Christian.
Over many years, other prophetic voices have tried to call us to a more authentic theology, but we have not always listened. In 1969, missiologist Heinrich Kastin wrote: “Mission was, in the early stages, more than a mere function; it was a fundamental expression of the life of the church. The beginnings of a missionary theology are therefore also the beginnings of Christian theology as such.”
“As you design, refine, or re-align, these questions about the role of mission will be some of your most important decisions. Do you believe that missions are something that the church does, or that mission is something that the church intrinsically is? Your answer to this question either limits or releases people. It helps define whether the church seeks the lost, or whether we expect the lost to seek the church. Which will it be?”
It’s amazing how many Christians view Sunday morning as a practice for when we get to heaven and others see it as a weekly inspiration. If this is the basic purpose of our gatherings then we have missed God’s call to go (Matt. 28:19-20). I know some may believe this call is personal or that it is only for those of us who have claimed a call to ministry, but this call includes anyone who claims the name of Christ which includes our public lives as much as our private (if not more).
We are called not only to do religious things but rather to become the message of reconciliation and wholeness to a broken and divided world. We are called to become God’s agents of change using our influence to form policies that assist in the betterment of all people. We are called not only to worship God on a Sunday but allow worship to become a lifestyle, seeking to give God glory in all we do (Romans 12:1-2).
Isaiah 58 instructs us towards the spiritual disciplines God really desires of us.
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
The power in a missional minded and spirited church is to teach the members to go and live out the mission, not just personally but collectively, corporately, and politically. What is your circle of influence? How can you make a difference by influencing others? Be (live, act, continue) the change you want to see in the world and influence others to join the cause.
Let’s Get It!!!