Your prayers can turn missional when you seek for God’s kingdom to reign in the hearts of those living in your community.
It’s so easy to “just” come to church and hang out with folks who are like-minded…who might even look like us and work with us. It’s easy “just” to serve on our committees and enjoy our coffee together. In fact, we like it.
So, why do the whole missional thing? Why get out of our comfort zones? Good questions, huh?
Kenneth A Camp does a good job leading us to the WHY:
If you believe in a Creator God, then you believe that God didn’t allow His relational perfection to keep Him from creating His most prized creation—us.
He could have stopped there though. The “wind up creation and let it run on its own” view. But He didn’t stop there. What we celebrate during this season of Christmas is how God sent His son to enter our world. If anyone is different from us in every way possible, it is God.
Yet He, through His Son, stepped out of everything He needed, entered into everything different from His nature—flesh, finiteness, frailty, brokenness—and didn’t just endure it, He embraced it.
When His nature becomes our nature, we are compelled to live the same way. We willingly leave our comfort to live among what is unfamiliar. We accept, even invite, others much different than us to be a part of our lives.
Once we make the shift from asking “What is God doing in my church?” to “What is God doing in my neighborhood?” radical change occurs in thinking about our purpose as God’s community on earth. This does not mean that we ignore the church, or that we stop investing in the church. Instead, we see the church as one very important part of the neighborhood ecosystem. We renounce the dualism that says sacred spaces exist in the church but not in our community, workplace and public places. Rather than focusing on creeds, information and conferences as helpful as those things are, we refuse to endorse a disembodied faith that fails to put into practice what we believe. More and more I see churches that are taking seriously a theology of the neighborhood.
Eliza Thomas tries to get us to think about meals, missionally. After all, that’s what Jesus did. She write:
It’s difficult to conceive of mission without meals. Following the pattern of Jesus, shared meals can be an occasion for disciple making. Whether casual or formal, a quick snack from a street vendor or a multicourse meal at a classy restaurant, a meal is an opportunity to be attentive to another, to listen, to communicate, and to minister. As Christians going into the world with the good news, we should expect to dine.
And she give 8 ways to make meals more missional:
You’ll have to check out her post for more details and some great pictures.