Living Everyday Life on Mission

Wed, Jan 13, 2016

-, Teachings & Devos

Many of us have been on a mission trip. The trip is life altering. We get stirred in our hearts and have a rekindled love for Jesus and the work of God. It feels like you will never be the same. But the sad reality for a lot of us is that IT DOESN’T LAST.

So, what is it about a mission trip that stirs us and impacts our life and HOW CAN WE KEEP THAT FIRE BURNING?

A local church near my house had a sign on their driveway next to the road saying, “You are now entering the mission field.” This is absolutely the biblical truth.

The apostle Peter refers to believers as aliens and strangers, sojourners and pilgrims [in this world] (1 Peter 2:11). 2 Corinthians 5 tell us that WE have been given the ministry of reconciliation. 

Just a subtle shift in how you think will cause you to see every situation differently. Say it with me “I am on mission.”

Let’s take a look at why a mission trip impacts us and how we can acheieve similar impact back home.

1.When we are on a mission trip we have a single purpose. We understand we are only in that environment for one reason. To advance the kingdom, share Jesus.
At home: remember your single purpose: God’s agenda must become your agenda. Read & believe 2 Corinthians 5:18 – God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. This is our primary task every day.

2. Everything about the environment reminds us we are not at home; the food, the bed, temperature, language, customs. It’s so uncomfortably foreign we can never forget we are on mission.
At home: change your environment: We typically do all we can to make it comfortable for ourselves, but creating a more missional environment can help remember the mission. Post pictures of people you are praying for in your room, or go on a fast – the consistent grumbling in your stomach reminds you that you are living for something greater.

3. The cares of this life become secondary. Work, bills, career, school, and relationships all take a backseat, as we stay focused on the task at hand.
At home: Seek first the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33) Do not let work, bills, career, kid care and daily routine become your PRIMARY routine. In all you, and everywhere you go look for the “Mission” in it.

4. We take greater risks; we do things that maybe we wouldn’t usually do. We step out and trust the Lord to help us live beyond ourselves, and share Jesus beyond what’s comfortable. We figure, “We have come this far, might as well jump in deeper.”
At home: Take greater risks. If you see an injustice, stand up and say something. If you notice someone is having a bad day or hurting, talk to them, lift them up, tell them about the love and strength of Jesus.

5. We deliberately go into needy situations. We organize on purpose to be where there is a need, a lack, a hurt to bring hope, life & love.
At home specifically plan time in your week to go and bring the kingdom in a needy situation. Set aside a day and time to GO to specific location or person and bring the light and love of Jesus through service, prayer, teaching or whatever the situation calls for.

Here are a few ideas to help you STAY on mission.
• Take a walk thru your neighborhood or someone else’s and look to meet a need.
• Use your gifts and talents to serve someone.
• Engage with workers at your frequent stops; coffee shop, gas station, dry cleaners, etc.
• Help someone out.
• Plan a time and space to do some outreach.
• Carry things around with you to give away. Ziplock bags of snacks, sleeping bags, greeting cards, poems, art.
• Set a quota for engaging: 5 people per week, 1 per day.
• Buy a meal for someone, or have them over for dinner.

If you long for the lost zeal from a previous trip, or have never known it, I’m sure doing these things will fan to flame the fire for the Lord’s mission in your life.

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