so you already know you’re already a missionary.
“but how?” you ask. “i don’t see a mission field.”
maybe you should turn off the autopilot.
maybe we all should. maybe we should all stop doing everything we do out of routine and ask ourselves if what we’re doing is furthering the kingdom and bringing God glory. and if it doesn’t, it needs to go.
this does not mean, for those of you who might be getting a little nervous about what “furthering the kingdom” might mean, that you talk the ear off of everyone you encounter about Jesus. it might mean that, but it might not.
and if it doesn’t mean that, which for the vast majority if not all of us, it doesn’t, then we need to consider that maybe the most important decision we make in a given day is whether to show up fully or not.
are we fully present in each moment of each of our days? are we fully awake to how He is leading us to disciple in the mundane moments we overlook? i know my own answers. i don’t like them.
the other day i overheard a few inflammatory comments about Jesus and i could have engaged them, determined to win a fight, but i have learned the hard way winning the fight always means losing the war. so i didn’t say anything, and the southern baptist in me had a hard time letting it go.
but i know for a fact words won’t change this person’s heart. words won’t smash the chains of sin that bind and words won’t crack open the stony heart to change. Jesus will. and Jesus, earlier, did not need my feeble and impassioned defense.
in this context, actually, all He really needs me to do is show up and do my job. you know, the part-time retail one i get paid for. and not just do it on autopilot, but do it intentionally and deliberately.
maybe the lack of a little intention and deliberation is what’s keeping us from changing the world in His name, for His glory.
so maybe, all we need to do is show up.