Saturday, August 30, 2014

Missional 2: Purpose

In the first part of this series, Pastor Mike from the Main & Plain pointed out that being missional is a lifestyle, not just another church program. That's a relief for most of us.

We don't want to be part of a church program. We do want to be missional as a lifestyle. It sounds less performance-oriented and more relational.

But if there's anything we have become good at, it's our tendency towards allowing ourselves to be satisfied with "being" and never getting around to "doing". (The pendulum swung too far the other way, yet again, dangit!)

But I'll let Mike speak for himself on this one:

I have a friend who likes to start his day by acknowledging God's presence with the words, "Good morning, Lord, this is Your servant, reporting for duty." He doesn't want to cruise through his day on auto-pilot, spiritually speaking.

We have to be careful, as we try to avoid the tyranny of the Ministry Treadmill, that we don't forget that being missional is not just a nebulous state of simply "being". We have a purpose.

I love that Mike reminds us that being missional is a function of the Kingdom of God. We are participants with Christ and His Kingdom in all aspects of our lives. 
Being missional is much larger than serving the poor or doing projects to bless our community (parish).
The Kingdom of God includes these things -- and to be honest, serving the poor and being a presence in our communities has been the missing piece for many Christians and their churches -- but it is not limited to what's "outside the four walls".

Saying that we are "on mission with Jesus" is a good way of putting it. And Jesus, lest we forget, was very purposeful in how He proclaimed and demonstrated the Kingdom of God. 

The same Jesus who claimed He was the only way to the Father (John 14:6), who told Nicodemus that He had come to save the world (John 3:16-21), and commissioned His disciples to carry that message to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20), is the same Jesus who described His ministry with the words: "...the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor..." (Matthew 11:5) and gave stern warning to His followers about Kingdom ministry in the Parable of the Sheep & the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

It's all Kingdom. It's all Missional. It all has a purpose.

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