Christians are Christ followers. That means we do what He did. We care about what He cared about. We live as He lived. That’s sort of the whole point of the Christian life–to become more like Jesus. And there is no way, if you read through the Gospels, that you can ignore the fact that Jesus was on mission with God. Jesus had one overarching purpose in His life and ministry. And He said it best Himself. He said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
If we call ourselves Christians or if we see ourselves as Christ-followers, then we too must be on mission with God.
Here are three things you can do to get on mission with God.
#1 Get Comfortable Sharing Your Faith
Probably one of the biggest obstacles that prevents us from being on mission with God is our fear of sharing our faith. For some reason the idea of talking with others about spiritual things paralyzes many of us.
The Babylon Bee recently published a couple of satirical articles that speak to this fear. Both Woman Dies of Awkward Feeling While Sharing Her Faith and Local Man Fervently Prays That Someone Else Will Witness to His Muslim Neighbors point out two common truths. 1) We know people far from God need the gospel. And 2) We are afraid to give it to them.
I came across this tweet the other day.
That might sound a little scathing, but it is absolutely true. Jesus came on mission with God to bring the hope of the gospel to us. And before He ascended into heaven, He sent us out to continue God’s mission to the ends of the earth.
We are God’s plan for reaching the nations. If we’re going to be light in the darkness, then we must get comfortable sharing the truth about Christ with others.
It doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it may seem. Simply start small. Ask someone, “Do you ever pray?” Or, “Have you ever read the Bible?” Ask someone, “Have you ever been to church before?”
I’m sure you will find that once you begin a spiritual conversation, it’s easier than you’d think to turn it towards Jesus.
#2 Discover Opportunity
All around you, every single day, are people who are far from God. They live in the houses next door, they sit in the cubicles down from you. People far from God shop at your grocery store, bank at your financial institution and bring their kids to the same park you bring your kids too.
Opportunity is everywhere. We must learn to discover it.
Saturday Afternoon Evangelism
The other day I was working out at the elementary school down the street from my house. It was a Saturday afternoon. Nobody was there when I got there.
In the middle of my workout a couple of kids showed up to play basketball. And my immediate thought was, “Man…these kids are going to interrupt my workout! Why did they have to show up now?”
After I finished sulking in my selfishness, I realized, “Maybe these kids don’t know Jesus.” So I decided to seize the opportunity.
I asked them a simple question. “Do you guys go to church?” And they both responded, “No.” Then I asked them, “Have you ever been to church before?” And they both said, “Yes. Many times.”
So we continued the conversation. I asked them, “Why do you think people go to church?” And to my surprise one of the boys said, “To learn about God and Jesus.”
So I asked them, “Well, what’s so important about Jesus that people would go to church to learn about Him?”
They both looked at me with a puzzled look on their faces. I’m not sure they knew how to respond.
So I rephrased the question. I said, “What’s the big deal about Jesus? Why did He come to earth?”
Then one of them said, “To save us from our sins.”
And that opened the door for me to share with them about salvation in Christ.
Opportunity is everywhere, friends. We just have to discover it and seize it.
#3 Take a Step
If you want to get on mission with God, then you have to take a step. It doesn’t have to be a giant leap. Just a small step.
Think about the people in your life that you know don’t know Jesus. And compile a list of their names. Then commit to praying for them every day.
Try and reach out to them. Ask them how they’re doing. See if they want to have lunch. Invite them over to watch the Super Bowl. Invest in your relationship.
And be intentional about your time together. Look for opportunity to have spiritual conversations. Turn those conversations toward Jesus.
And as you become more comfortable sharing your faith, as you begin to discover the opportunity around you, and as you begin to take one step after another, you will find yourself on mission with God. And you will begin to see God using you to accomplish things with your life you never thought possible.