Livin Like A Missionary!

When it comes to Christian terminology, it is interesting that most Christians think that many of the terms don’t apply to them.  For instance, are you a minister?  Most Christians will look at that question and say, “No, I’m not a minister.  I sit in a church and listen to my minister preach every Sunday.  I’m just a “regular” Christian.”  Or here is another term.  Are you a missionary?  “Oh no, I’m not a missionary.  I live in (insert name of any American city).  Our church supports missionaries, but they are overseas or at least outside of the United States.

My man, Jody May, explores this topic further.  The following is his blog post from over at Your Next Steps.  I would encourage you to read his blog as well.  He has some thought provoking stuff.

So let’s first explain what is a missionary;

Main Entry: 1mis·sion·ary

Pronunciation: ˈmi-shə-ˌner-ē

Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural mis·sion·ar·ies
Date: 1625
: a person undertaking a mission and especially a religious mission
It means to view our Christian lives as;
  • Living among foreigners that do not think or view the world as we do.
  • That we have a purpose here which means you need to know what that is.  How much time have you spent in trying to develop it?
  • We are to be a part of the culture, not the world, so we have relevance.  What’s the last movie you saw?   What are you reading?
  • This is not our home so don’t fall in love with it.
  • You obey local laws but you have to answer to a higher authority that is separate.
  • You do not judge others based on your beliefs because they operate under their own set of values.
  • Not judging does not mean not to differentiate between right and wrong and to help them see that.
  • We are here to educate, train, and lead which helps us as much as it helps them.
  • Your goal is to let them know that they can belong to something bigger than themselves.
It’s called missional living.  Michael, the Lead Pastor at Oak Leaf wrote about it on his blog as well if you need more of an explanation.
If you are a Christian you are a missionary so your job is to be among the lost and make a difference.  Check out Jesus’ parting words and see what He thinks about it.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19,20
If you are brave enough today why don’t you leave me a comment and tell me who you are being a ‘missionary’ to.
Truth be told, if you call yourself a Christian, or follower of Christ, you are a missionary.  You are a called person.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get to it.

About Stan Rodda

Follower. Husband. Father. Shepherd. Apostle. Husker.

Posted on April 6, 2010, in Church, discipleship, evangelism, Leadership, missional communities, missionary, pastors, the basics, the culture, the nation, the world, worldview. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Isn’t this what the priesthood of all believers is all about? No where does it say “leave it to a select few who have made that decision to be missionaries/missional (or whatever you want to call it).”

    • culturalawakening

      Exactly what it’s all about. How did we get so far away from that? For centuries it seems, that the church left off a huge chunk of what makes the church so special. By that I mean the involvement of ALL members in the mission, not just the select few.

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