We are two months into the school year, students have returned from their vacations and we have re-established a routine. It’s good to find ourselves striding forward, reaching students, watching older students develop into leaders and seeing new faces enter the fold. We’re in a good place.
Last September my family packed up and moved to Jesup, GA sensing the call of God to come to this place and use the talents He has given us to further His kingdom here. Now, a year later, we have had the opportunity to witness a little of what God is doing in and through us. We have seen how well He has matched us to His flock here in this place. We have fallen in love with you, His people, and we are excited to see that journey move forward. Much can still be done to improve this ministry, but that will always be the case, because God chooses to use weak individuals like me to accomplish His purposes. One thing we do know: His purposes will be accomplished.
I said a moment ago that we are in a good place, but we have a long way to go. One specific area I hope that we can focus on in the remainder of this year is living up to God’s calling on all of His people to be missionaries on this earth. We have all been given a mission, to “go and make disciples.” We all know our purpose. But that purpose needs to be more than head knowledge. We need to fold it into our thinking, our systems, our objectives, and into the very longings of our souls. But how?
First, we need to begin seeing our role in our faith not as though we were a cog in an institution, but as a soldier in a movement. So often we get caught up in the busyness of church life and church attendance that we forget to look outward and focus on our neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Like missionaries, we need to be strategically assessing the worlds we live in for the ways we can bring the power of the gospel to bear.
What does that look like? Perhaps it could be reflecting God’s intentional love of us through intentionally investing time to get to know those around us who are in need of the gospel. One of the incredible truths of the gospel is the depth of God’s knowledge of us, not just head knowledge, but heart knowledge. God knows us as a father knows his children, and we feel the love and compassion of His knowing. We should be reflecting that in our intentional knowing of those around us, deeply caring for them and loving them in our understanding of who they truly are. We can’t know everyone in this way, only God is omniscient, but we can be intentional about knowing some. And through that we have the opportunity to show where the gospel intersects the lives of those we know.
This is just one way a missionary lives. Learning the culture around you, discovering the passions of the people, finding hurt and working to heal it, all of these are the marks of missionary living. How can we be better at that today? And then, let us mentor our young people by bringing them along side us as we pursue the mission of Christ in this missionary endeavor. They will only go as far as we will take them.
Soli Deo Gloria!