I realized something this week. I realized that, after I’ve read a missional article I enjoy reading the comments section–most of the time. This is because, most of the time, the comments are a continuation of the discussion the author started. This is, of course, unlike the comments section of YouTube or even the local newspaper. There the comments are all about trolling and criticism.
So, seeing that I often find wisdom in the comments section, I’m going to occasionally post things I’ve found there that can be helpful in the discussions I have or the ideas swimming around in my head.
The following is from a Christianity Today article by Ed Stetzer. It’s by Rick Meigs:
As Rick Dalbey pointed out, missional to many has come to mean activity when missional is not about “doing.” Missional is about a radical shift in our self-perception — embracing a new identity and life Jesus called us to.
I’ve used the following explanation of the concept of missional for many years: Jesus told us to go into all the world and be his ambassadors, but many churches today have inadvertently changed the “go and be” command to a “come and see” appeal. We have grown attached to buildings, programs, staff and a wide variety of goods and services designed to attract and entertain people.
Missional is a helpful term used to describe what happens when you and I replace the “come to us” invitations with a “go to them” life. A life where “the way of Jesus” informs and radically transforms our existence to one wholly focused on sacrificially living for him and others and where we adopt a missionary stance in relation to our culture. It speaks of the very nature of the Jesus follower.