Monday, March 7, 2011

The Morning After: RETRO, 04

Charles Spurgeon has said, "Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter." That is what I preached yesterday. I often think that many Christians I meet think that the missionary is someone who goes to school, they raise financial support, then they cross over the ocean to some land that has not previously heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the reality is that every person who claims the name of Jesus has been called to make a difference in their community for the cause of Jesus.

This is way more than simply making sure you share the gospel with someone once a month. This is a re-orientation into how you view your entire life. What is the framework through which you see all of your life.  When Jesus was saying goodbye to His followers in Acts 1, He gives us a clue into what they were to do with their lives. He tells them to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit, who would be their power to fulfill their mission. Then He says, "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (vs. 8).

They were to be the change-agents any place they went. That was the point of Jesus. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, any place they went, they would be the ones who would make an impact into the lives of other people. And that is our calling today. Not just those who want to go to some foreign country, all of us! We are all called to be on a mission like them.

God does not have you at your place of employment to make a living, but to be His witness. He does not have you at your particular school so you can get an education, but to be His witness. Wherever a Christian finds themselves, they are the witness. I ended the message talking about several ideas to help a Christian fulfill their mission.

  1. Walk with Jesus Daily. 
  2. Study the Example of Jesus.
  3. Pray for a Heart for Your Community.
  4. Engage Your Community
  5. Give Your Money and Resources Away.
  6. Avoid Delay.
Hopefully the sermons will be up on the website soon so you can listen to them if you are curious how I articulated these points. We have had some problems with the site, but hopefully that will be fixed soon. I pray for you as you seek to reach your community this week!

All to the glory of Jesus!

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