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Love, Jesus? Are you being Missional in your Faith?

Posted on February 28, 2015 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Patient Stories, Programs, Volunteering | 0 comments

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The concept of being a “missionary” continues to be a confusing subject to some.  There are those that believe a missionary is one who sacrifices their gifts and moves to an area of need to help the less fortunate.  Others believe it is a part of the Great Commission to seek out and win people to Christ.  The answer is left to the individual to determine, but the real question is “As a Follower of Jesus, are you being missional in your faith?”

Missionaries painting

There are many “Christians” that have never heard of the concept of being missional.  They go to church, lead what they consider a “good” life, go to church, and try to help anyone they encounter that needs help.  The term “missional” helps to define the role of anyone that has made the commitment to follow Jesus.  It’s not a decision that directs you to put on your “church clothes” on Sunday and then hang them up for the week.  A missional follower of Jesus lives their faith 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It’s an important concept that many seem to forget.

A person’s actions will describe who they are a lot better than any words.  Going through the motions of attending church, but then not living the life you represent kind of loses it impact.  It’s a fundamental principle that is regularly seen even from people that represent themselves as “missionaries”.  It seems that they want everyone to believe they are strong people of faith, but their actions against others represent a totally different view.  Unfortunately, a follower of Jesus is not perfect, in fact, they are flawed and commit sin.  Their actions will provide a very good insight into their intentions and unfortunately many will disappoint those who originally had a different impression.

 Jesus sacrificed Himself to forgive us of our sins, but we must continue to re-calibrate our moral compass and keep it focused and on track.

There have been some very public examples where people of faith have lost their moral compass and it brings distrust upon the ministry.  Accountability, transparency, and the act of being missional in their actions is the only way to earn that trust back.  You have to be who your represent to be, not through words, but through action.  There are way too many people that represent to be a follower of Jesus, but their actions reveal a much different agenda that usually is more about them, than their faith.  This doesn’t mean these are bad people, but it does reveal that their moral compass needs to be adjusted and refocused back on earning the trust of others.

 

Preach the Gospel Always, and if necessary Speak!

 

Where does that put you?  Are you being missional, or just going through the motions to give an impression of goodness?  Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary use words!

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