22nd July 2016
We’re all very different and God made us that way. Yet extroverts and introverts, pragmatists and purists all have one thing in common as disciples of Jesus – we’re part of His mission to save the world. We’ll all express it differently depending on our various spiritual gifts, human personalities and natural skills, yet we’re all part of His answer to a world full of people who desperately need salvation, whether they know it or not.
Matthew’s gospel records that Jesus’ last instruction to the disciples before returning to heaven was essentially to ‘go and make disciples of all nations…and I’ll be with you until I came back again’ (which he has not yet done!). So for us, being engaged in Jesus’ mission is an integral part of what it means to be a disciple.
One church I visited on sabbatical had a clear message from God a number of years ago when they were a standard, quite ‘successful’ charismatic church that saw a few people saved each year. God said to them: ‘If you go after the lost, I’ll look after the church’ (and He has!).
Their response was to re-design church life so that everything they did either led them to the lost or the lost to Jesus – or both! Everyone changed everything they were involved in to ensure they were connecting with the lost and creating pathways for the lost to come to Jesus. In that way everyone was able to get actively involved in Jesus’ mission to the world in a way that fitted their personalities and gifts.……….. food for our thought.