Friday, March 2, 2012


The missional mindset, missiology, or outreach-these are things I have studied and read about from several authors, teachers and lecturers. I have studied for years what this looks like and how we are to reach people for Christ. Every year there is another book that comes out telling us how to do these things. It's like self help books for the church. It's interesting how God can break our foundations to their beginnings sometimes. It's interesting how God can change our path and our direction if we truly have hearts that are open to Him. It's amazing what happens when we start asking questions rather than just accepting what is taught or as my friend always says, "drink the Kool-aid". Instead of looking for ways to be missional or manufacture missional ideas, doesn't the Bible already teach us how to be missional? Doesn't the Torah teach us that by the lifestyle He asks us to live, we will be missional? By living according to the Torah, our lives will be seen as different from the world's. Doesn't Yeshua himself say to those listening in the crowd that they, as Jews, are to be the light of the world, and that by their deeds people will praise God and give Glory to Him? Maybe we should ask the question, is it in our obedience to God that we are truly missional? Isn't it our obedience to Him that makes us stand out, look different, handle money differently, speak and talk about others differently, eat different, etc, etc... It's our obedience to the Father that makes us stand out in this world. It's what opens doors of trust and influence in the community. It's in our obedience that the Holy Spirit moves us to do the unthinkable, the unexplainable, the undoable. Maybe instead of focusing on being missional to win more souls, maybe we should focus on being more obedient and the boldness that it takes to live differently. Then maybe, people might start praising our Father in Heaven... Matthew 5:14-16English Standard Version (ESV)14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a]they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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