At LifeStation we’re asking God to help us establish rhythms of life that will allow us to have Kingdom impact in the lives of those who are not yet following Jesus. Therefore, the weekend of February 3rd was set aside as an intentional weekend where we were focused on creating a variety of “hangouts” to connect with neighbors.
To be honest, it was practically a no-brainer for us since that was the weekend of the Superbowl. So we asked God to show us what we should do and who we should invite. For my family, God made it possible to partner with Brian & Julie Hoffman. We live in the same neighborhood, and have a God-sized dream to see every family following Jesus. So, the Hoffmans hosted, we all invited neighbors to join us, and we allowed God to use football to bring us all together.
The gathering ended up being a incredible mix of people we already knew, those that we kind-of-knew, and those that would become new friends. I remember looking around the room and marveling at how God had brought us all together, and the opportunities that He gave us to be a part of each other’s lives.
One of my highlights from the evening was meeting the parents of one of our neighbors who, the day before, had arrived in York having completed 44 years of being missionaries in France. Their participation in what God was doing abroad inspired me and challenged me to continue pursuing the mission that God has for me and my family. I’m committed to trusting God to establish our family as missionaries in the Wellington Greens Community, right here in York.
Football, Friends, and France reinforced to me that people matter, communities can change, faith & life are meant to be shared, God’s mission is worth living, and that following Jesus changes everything!
This past weekend I was challenged to consider God as a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) and the ramifications that this truth has in my life. As I quickly understood the relational side of the jealousy of God, it didn’t hit me until now that God’s jealousy to be in relationship with us will ultimately stir our hearts to be on mission with God. For me, this comes to life in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, where we are given the example of not only sharing the gospel of God with others, but our very lives as well.
In his book Missional Renaissance, Reggie McNeal describes missional as:
…a way of living, not an affiliation or activity. Its emergence springs from a belief that God is changing his conversation with the world and with the church. Being missional involves an active engagement with this new conversation to the point that it guides every aspect of the life of the missional believer. To think and to live missionally means seeing all life as a way to be engaged with the mission of God in the world.
The last sentence in the quote above has given me fresh hope and insight as I remain committed to being a new kind of missionary wherever I am stationed–where I live, work, and play. My entire family is in the process of learning how we can see all of life as a way to be engaged with the mission of God. More specifically, God has birthed in our hearts a desire to not only connect deeply with our neighbors, but also to start intentional communities in our development that are focused on relationships where we will eat meals together and talk about faith and life.
To get us started, we’re going to spend time getting to know our neighbors by just hanging out with them. Whether its an invitation to dinner, taking a walk together as families, or talking about our hobbies or kids while we’re unloading the groceries, we are choosing to be intentional about establishing new friendships.
One of the most helpful resources I’ve found to get my family started to think missionally has been something called Simpke Ways To Be Missional. Click on the link below to check it out. There are numerous ideas for you to put into action in your neighborhood or workplace.
Simple Ways To Be Missional
How have you and your family been engaged with the mission of God in the world?