Mission that flows
Maybe you’ve picked it up. Or maybe you feel it, but just can’t put your finger on it. At CrossLife we are looking for our intimacy of our walking with God to overflow into our walk with the world.
Mission and evangelism is not something we “should” do, its something we cannot NOT do!!
Why is mission and evangelism like this? Because the life we have in Jesus (John 10:10) is so wonderful you can’t but share it!! Our current series of being an influence in the world reflects this biblical gospel priority. How have you seen the Sermon on the Mount before? As the priorities and principles of kingdom living – it certainly is that. However we cannot rightly understand it without seeing Jesus’ mission agenda lying around it all. That’s why Matthew 5:13-16 is right up front …
“13You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
All our lives and words are to be in the face of the world. On mission. We are sent people. And yet these words are not the beginning of the sermon on the mount: It begins with ‘the beatitudes”. That wonderful description of the life in Jesus that captivates those who don’t know Him, to look to Him. The enjoyable life. The desirable life. The wonderful life. The Sermon on the mount begins not with the call for mission, but with the desirable life that we can’t hold in.
Do you see your walk with Jesus as desirable, enjoyable and wonderful? I pray so. Its his agenda for us. For with that, mission and evangelism become a bore. A drudgery, a pressure, an ‘ought’. And no one is attracted by such legalism.
Walking with the world is to be joyous and fulfilling as much as never ending, on overflow of the joy and wonder of following Jesus. May we see our life with Jesus like that. And who knows what God might do – the people of the world might be better for it!
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