While You're Going

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I've been reading Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to Be an Everyday Missionary by Greg Finke with my community group, and it's really been forcing me to think about how I'm living my life. I know how often we tend to add burdens to our load, to feel like we have to check certain things off of a giant to-do list in order to be good people, to be "good Christians." But our lives and schedules are already full, and they're probably full of mostly good things. And then we make it even harder by tacking on more things-- serving, loving, giving, participating in real community, and living life with a mission mindset, or in other words, living like a missionary-- seeking out opportunities to serve and love the people around us and point them to Jesus.

Those are all great things, but we turn them into weights to carry when we expect people to add them onto their already full plates without giving them any kind of framework for understanding the motivation behind these activities, responsibilities, and opportunities, or the ways to integrate them into the lives they're already living.

It's been easy for me to think that reaching out to people, living life "on mission," would be yet another thing on my to-do list. Even though I knew it wasn't meant to be a burden, it often feels like one. But then I came across a line in the book that struck me right between the eyes:

"As most people know, Jesus says in Matthew 28, 'Therefore go and make disciples...' What you may or may not know is that the Greek participle that is most commonly translated as 'go' in Matthew 28 is literally to be translated as 'while going.' 'While going, make disciples...' That changes a few things, doesn't it? Jesus isn't saying, 'go' as in 'go find room in your hectic day to make disciples,' but is rather saying, 'while you are going through your hectic day, make disciples.' In fact, that is the answer to Ray's question. The key to joining Jesus' mission is realizing we don't have to find a way to come out of our hectic lifestyle in order to have a missional life. Our hectic life is our missional life. Jesus already has us where He wants us to be in mission. We don't have to struggle to add another layer of volunteer hours to our lives in order to 'be missional.' Our lives as they are now are missional...if we open our eyes to see." -Greg Finke, Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to Be an Everyday Missionary

Isn't that a weight off your shoulders? It certainly was for me! Knowing that living and loving missionally isn't yet another chore to check off or thing to juggle is a big relief. It takes intention for sure, but it can be woven into the rest of my life instead of being piled on top.

So how do we go about living missionally while we go about our busy lives? We engage in conversations with the people around us instead of running past them in our haste to get to the next thing on our calendar. We invite people to join us in doing our daily activities so we can get our things done and build relationships at the same time. We work to cultivate an attitude of peace and joy regardless of our circumstances so that we not only enjoy our lives more but also demonstrate the peace and power of Christ in us. We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

We engage in conversations with the people around us instead of running past them in our haste to get to the next thing on our calendar. We invite people to join us in doing our daily activities so we can get our things done and build relationships at the same time. We work to cultivate an attitude of peace and joy regardless of our circumstances so that we not only enjoy our lives more but also demonstrate the peace and power of Christ in us. We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

We invite people to join us in doing our daily activities so we can get our things done and build relationships at the same time.

We work to cultivate an attitude of peace and joy regardless of our circumstances so that we not only enjoy our lives more but also demonstrate the peace and power of Christ in us.

We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

We work to cultivate an attitude of peace and joy regardless of our circumstances so that we not only enjoy our lives more but also demonstrate the peace and power of Christ in us. We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

We look for evidence of how God's working in the lives of the people around us, and we take the opportunities that come to talk about them.

In short, we go about living our lives with our eyes open to the world around us, remaining approachable and interruptible. We learn to leave a little wiggle room in our schedules and remain flexible in our plans. We learn to live like love.

 

What helps you make time for people while you're going about your busy life? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!