I recently took a mission trip to northern England.
During the training and all through out the trip there was an emphasis placed on the fact that as Christians our lives are a mission trip.
Our leaders wanted us to know that when we got back to the States, our trip wasn’t over.
We still are tasked to tell others about Jesus, even in our hometown.
As Christians, we are called to live missionally.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
We are called to make disciples of all nations… including our own.
Contrary to what I previously thought (and what you may be thinking right now), missional living doesn’t have to be scary.
Missional living is simply living our lives with purpose.
Additionally, missional living doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are 3 simple ways we can live missionally:
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. -Colossians 4:3 NIV
Pray for your family, your friends, and those at your church- pray that those who are lost would come to Jesus and that those who are already believers would shine brightly for Him.
Pray for your pastor and those who work at your church- pray that they would have strength to do all that their job requires and wisdom to know how to lead others to Christ.
Pray for the believers who are stationed around the world as missionaries- pray that they would continue to trust God to work in their communities and that God would use them to draw people to Him.
Pray for those at your workplace or school- pray that you would be a witness for Jesus to them as you work and/or study. Pray that the lost would come to find Jesus.
Pray for yourself- pray that no matter where you go or what you do, people might see Jesus through your actions. Pray for God to give you wisdom and words to say to those around you to point them to you.
Find somewhere at your church or around your community to start serving, but as you serve, don’t just fulfill people’s physical needs, also meet their spiritual needs.
Tell someone about Jesus whilst you serve them.
If that sounds scary, you may want to refer to this post where we debunk 3 common fears of evangelism.
Don’t know where to start serving? Consider your spiritual gifts, and look for a place where you can serve that uses those gifts.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. -1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Unsure of what your spiritual gift is? Here’s a test by Lifeway that you can use to determine your gifts.
Give of your time- take time out of your busy week to tell someone about Jesus.
Give of your gifts- find someway to use how God has gifted you to serve someone else and bless them in someway. And then tell them about Jesus.
Give of your money- in addition to your tithe, give a donation to a missions organization or to a missions offering or directly to a missionary or to a friend who’s raising funds to go on a mission trip.
Missional Living is simply living your life with purpose.
It’s not missing a single opportunity to tell someone about Jesus and to show them His love.
It’s keeping our eyes open to how Jesus is working around us, and then joining in on what He is doing.
It’s being willing to be uncomfortable and step outside of our comfort zones so we can shine His light.
It’s following Jesus in every aspect of our lives.
Related: 3 Reasons We Don’t Live Missionally by Meredith Green.
Have you ever considered your life to be a mission trip? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. :)