Thursday, September 4, 2014

Missional 4: Serving

In previous posts in this "Missional Five" series, I have suggested that:

  1. "Being" is not superior to "doing", or vice versa. Doing the works of the Kingdom (being missional) should be part of the natural fruit of being in the Kingdom.
  2. Living with a missional purpose is meant to impact all areas of our lives, not just when we're "doing" stuff outside the four walls of our church or home group. 
Basically, there should be no "missional on/off switch" in our thinking. Being on mission with Jesus should -- as we grow and mature as Christians -- feel more and more like second new nature.

This latest video from Pastor Mike (anybody want to wager a guess about where he's from?) dove-tails with our church's recent series on the book of Philippians:
"In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:3-8)
I really appreciate the simplicity of Mike's phrase "being aware of others"; this is something we can only do if we're engaging in relationships with the people around us, both inside the church and out. We have to be connected in order to become aware. Aware of needs -- prayer needs and practical needs. Aware of opportunities to serve. Aware of the relationally good, bad, and ugly. We cannot rejoice or weep with others if we're not aware (Romans 12:15).

Being aware naturally leads to serving others. Indeed, it would rather hypocritical to do nothing once we've become aware of needs. 
"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" (James 2:14-16)
As we continue to pursue being missional as a lifestyle, having a sense of purpose (being "on mission" with Jesus), and engage in relationships, we will discover many real and practical ways of serving our communities -- in the church, the neighbourhood, and our towns/cities.

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