November 4 worship gathering tonight at FCC – 6:45 pm at 3450 CR210, 32259
If we want to live like Jesus, the following questions will prove helpful…
Missional Living Questions:
- Who are the people God is calling you to?
- What are the evils that beset them?
- How are you responding to God’s invitation?
- Are you in community?
- Who is praying with you and for you?
- Do you have a clear, compelling, growing picture of God’s Kingdom in your mind?
Who are the people God is calling you to? Because Jesus was very clear on this. He came to seek and save the lost, and he started with the Children of Israel, gathered about 120 who followed him, and focused on a dozen. Who are your people?
What are the evils that beset them? Jesus knew this quite clearly. He dealt directly with evil spirits and also addressed the systematic evils that accompanied poverty, illness, injustice, and oppression. He confronted those in positions of political power, but he was especially direct in addressing the burdens brought on by the legalistic demands of the Pharisees and the empty religious ritual of the Sadducees. What’s destroying your people? What is good news to them? What would God’s will being done and God’s Kingdom coming among your people look like?
How are you responding to God’s invitation? Are you seeking God? Are you seeking guidance? If the works of God are required to address the evils being faced by your people, are you going about it in God’s way according to God’s word? Basically, are you engaging the evil that is besetting your people in a way that looks like Jesus way?
Are you in community? Jesus didn’t do it alone. He invited 12 others to do it with him. If you are seeking to represent Jesus by yourself, it’s just a matter of time before you’ll be picked off. Do what it takes to get into community.
Who is praying with you and for you? It’s not enough to be with others. We need to be with others who will come before God on our behalf. Who’s doing that with you and for you?
Do you have a clear, compelling, growing picture of God’s Kingdom in your mind? If not, ask God to give that to you and dig into God’s Word. (A good place to start is – Genesis 1 and 2, and Revelation 21 and 22.) That’s where the story starts and gives you and idea of how it will end. It’s a good idea to align your desires for your people and your place with the will and work of God! Without it, some tough adjustments will be coming.
Blessings on the journey!
Great post, Jesse! Practical, spiritually wise and motivating. Speaks to me and my ministry with the military and college students. May God bless you and your ministry. George
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