The Walk: Week 5 – Day 5 – “Mission”

Week 5 – Day 5 – “Mission”

Following Jesus means living like Him in our personal character Following Jesus also means living like him in our spiritual disciplines. There is also something else that we have to include because it too is crucial to discipleship.

Following Jesus means living like him in our life mission.

We find it most clearly stated by Jesus after his death and resurrection when he first appeared to his disciples. In John 20:21 He says, “Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” We are to lives like Jesus in that we also live for this mission of revealing God and bringing redemption. The word that has been used in recent years to describe what it means to take this seriously and to actually live it, is the word: “missional”. To be a missional church or to live a missional life is to live for the purpose of fulfilling this mission.

One scholar describes it this way: According to John, every Christian has been sent by Jesus with the gospel together in community to those in the surrounding culture for the sake of the king and his kingdom: “The Church is sent into the world to continue that which he came to do, in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God.” (Leslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 230)

How clearly do you see your mission as a follower of Jesus? Christ did not die and rise again to redeem a people who would simply go their own way, work their jobs for themselves, waste their lives on Facebook, or You Tube, or at the gym, or in front of the TV, or pursue their hobbies for themselves, build their nest eggs for themselves and in the end live lives of self-centered emptiness. To follow Jesus means you completely reorient your reason for living. Jesus says, “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” You have been sent into the world to live, with this mission continually in mind. We are not all preachers or speakers but we are all called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

We are called, not to hide the light in us but to let it shine so that people will glorify God. We are all called as Paul told the Colossians to be wise in the way we relate to unbelievers and to make the most of every opportunity to speak and to share Christ with grace. We are all called as part of the body of Christ, the church, to work and serve together to reach people with the gospel. There are many ways to do that. What does that mean for you? The idea of being sent as Christ was sent includes many things and they are all important. It means being sent to reveal and share the love of God, to serve the poor, to help people who are hurting, to work for truth and justice and mercy, to embody Christ-like grace and truth in our lives. But it also includes sharing the gospel the message of redeeming grace that comes into our lives through faith in Christ. If we were to meet all the physical needs of people and fail to bring them the message of forgiveness and redemption and peace with God we do not fully represent Jesus and we do not fulfill our mission. Following Jesus means that living on this mission for God has to become part of your very identity and purpose daily. If you commit to live like Jesus, God will show you how and where to begin. Will you commit to live like Jesus?

What steps can you take at this season in your life to live your life on this mission that Jesus has given you? How can you begin to be more intentional about living your life on mission?

Someone showed me a somewhat humorous poster online this week. It’s a picture of Jesus wearing white robes sitting on a park bench next to a young man in jeans and a tee shirt. They are leaning toward each other talking. The caption has Jesus saying: “No, I’m not talking about twitter, I want you to literally follow me.” It seems clear when you read it in the Bible and yet the truth is we do seem slow
An old proverb says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” You don’t have to know all the details of what it might mean to begin today with the next step. Tell Christ, you will follow him.

Continue reading the Bible. I want to keep the reading list for Scripture for this project relatively simple and easily assessable. If you finish John consider reading Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians or Luke. I’d recommend sticking to those books for the most part during “The Walk”. If you are really wanting to branch out consider asking the group or person you are doing The Walk with to make suggestions. The important thing is to try to be consistent in your reading. Write down your questions, thoughts and insights as you read. Don’t forget to review your memory verse from last week and this week.

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~ by Larry Kirk on February 20, 2012.

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