“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
For quite a while, Evangelicals in America have considered “missions” as something done by “missionaries” in a foreign context. Over the last decade or so, that perspective has adjusted to include Gospel efforts closer to home. However, many Christians still live as though they personally have no ambition or obligation to be an intentional witness to those around them.
Less than 20% of regular church attendees have shared the Gospel with anyone in the last six months.
Some Christians are remarkably equipped by God to live missionally in a context much different than their own native experience, but all Christians are commissioned by Christ to live missionally where they are. This means intentionally living in such a way as to make Christian witness a top priority (evidenced in daily activities, financial patterns, and personal efforts towards spiritual growth and development).
Jesus Christ saves sinners and brings them into new life. Where once they were living for selfish ambitions (however great or small), Christians are those who now live as happy servants of their good and gracious King.
Furthermore, Christians know that this mortal life is fleeting, and final judgment will come to all. With hearts aflame, those who love Christ and others must live as witnesses to all – especially including those who are near.
Missional living is the privilege and duty of all Christians everywhere.
May God give us love enough to motivate us to act, and may we give ourselves to living on the greatest mission of all time.