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.
How have you and your family been engaged with the mission of God in the world?