Tangible Kingdom “Sent”
The INTRO defines “missional people” as individuals actively committed to living a “sent” life in the context of community. It seems like both a necessary and appropriate starting point for our study. Here’s an important thought from today’s reading:
“The foundation of a missional life is the decision to offer to God our plans in exchange for his plans. It requires that we are willing to leave our world so he can send us to extend his Kingdom. Whether we choose to engage the call is up to us.”
The authors also noted that for the vast majority of Christians the challenge to discover and faithfully live out a missional call can be confusing and often frustrating. I think the key may be found in this exchange. If we are not willing to exchange our plans for his plans, we can probably expect a journey of confusion and frustration. While there will certainly still be ups and downs, it’s a journey designed to be walked in surrender to the fact that God’s ways are worth following.
I find myself encouraged. Why? The third question from the journal section was, “What things have you had to give up to follow God?” The truth is, most of us have given up something. I know, I know, that sounds a bit “pious” yet incomplete… but it’s true. While there is much more to “give” and I’m sure some have given more than others… most of us can identify at least one point in our life where we chose His path instead of ours. That’s a good thing. If we’ve done it before… we can do it again… and we’re capable of making it a lifestyle.
And the better news: Even if we’ve always lived our lives for ourselves, and never really chosen His ways, we can still start now.