Being here in Northampton working to plant a church has taught me many lessons, some of them pleasant and some of them very challenging. A prime one has been that it is one thing to talk about being a missional church, or being a missionary trying to plant a church. It is quite another to actually live as a missionary everyday. I have found I need to keep a missional mindset at the forefront each day or it slips into the ether and I go about lesser things.
In order to help me and others in the imagineGroup become more aware of what it means to be a missionary each day, I have created a series of questions we will reflect on beginning today, and discuss weekly when we meet with one another. I hope it will ignite us in our mission to extend Jesus's redemptive impact on the folks of Northampton who do not know him.
I am including the questions here to help you do your own reflection and perhaps become more missional than you are currently. You might even form a group of like-minded folks around this spiritual exercise and use the questions to encourage a more missionary lifestyle in your spheres of redemptive influence. Tailor them to your challenges and needs.
1. Am I praying daily for people around me who don't know Jesus?
2. Did I make a connection or have a conversation with someone I didn't know this week?
3. Did I take the initiative to love and serve someone new to me?
4. Did I leave my comfort zone to connect with a person normally I wouldn't?
5. Am I building a relationship with someone who doesn't know Jesus?
6. Did I invite anyone to a small group or worship gathering I attend?
7. Am I seeking to get involved with a service organization in my town or city?
8. Where am I struggling with being a missionary? What weaknesses are being exposed by the Holy Spirit?
The goal of the questions is to allow God to develop your primary identity as a Jesus follower committed to his mission in the world. Such identity requires personal examination as to the actual allegiances of your heart. Is God's redemptive Kingdom and its realization your deepest longing, and the growing focus of your life: how you invest your time, talent, money and material resources?
I hope you undertake this exercise with someone else for 6 months. If you do, let me know what you discovered, how your life changed, and how God was glorified in the process.
Peace and soli Deo gloria.