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How to Embrace the Mission (Even from Home)

05.26.20 | Discipleship | by Jeremy Woods

How to Embrace the Mission (Even from Home)

    We embrace the mission. But how can we carry out the mission publicly when we're asked to stay home? Here are some ways we can be intentional to embrace the mission, while still honoring government restrictions.

    Have you ever heard of an oxymoron? It's a figure of speech that sounds like a contradiction in terms but is still somehow true. For example…

    Bittersweet.
    Open secret.
    Acting natural.
    Jumbo Shrimp. 
    Passive Aggressive. 
    Or how about this one…
    Quarantined Missionary. 

    You may be thinking: "I’m not a missionary—so this one's not for me.”   

    However, the title of "missionary” is a lot less narrow than we sometimes think. Missionaries are not only some elite group of Christians who…

    • When born, their parents patted em’ on the back, they burped the name Jesus and have been solemnly devoted to His will ever since.
    • Routinely win the lost to Jesus in 3.5 syllables or less.
    • Move to an underprivileged region to serve orphans, prostitutes and, local drug cartels. 

    Actually, a missionary is anyone who embraces the mission of God personally while inviting others to do the same publicly. In other words, a genuine follower of Jesus by conviction is also an active missionary by definition.

    This is why Charles Spurgeon once said...

    "If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love. Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor."

    Spurgeon’s words illustrate how Jesus' commission to first-century believers remains His commission to 21st-century believers (Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:44-49: John 20:21; Acts 1:8). 

    At first glance, this call and commission present a conflict—an oxymoron of sorts. How can we be public in our witness when we are asked to remain private in our residence?

    Well, consider this pandemic perspective. The Apostle Paul spent 4-6 years of his life in prison. While there, he witnessed to prison guards, fellow inmates, and managed to write Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and II Timothy. What’s even more humbling is how Paul's freedom in prison was even more limited than ours in this pandemic. Still, instead of tossing in the towel on the mission, Paul pressed in and was intentional

    Here are some ways you and I can also be intentional to embrace the mission, while still honoring government restrictions. 

    Are you still spending time on your phone? Maybe more than normal? Be intentional to download the free 3 Circles App and learn how to clearly and compellingly share the gospel with those who are still in brokenness.

    Are you still texting, calling, emailing, and connecting via social media? Be intentional to open your contacts on your phone, and make a F.R.A.N.C. list of those you know who don’t know Jesus.  

     F - Family
    R - Relatives
    A - Acquaintances
    N - Neighbors
    C - Co-workers/Classmates

    Once your F.R.A.N.C list is made, be intentional to text, call or reach out weekly in some way to those on your list. Doing so builds bridges into their life that could very well become a bridge into eternal life. 

    Are you still cooking at home or ordering takeout? Be intentional and offer to bring a meal or some sweet treat to a non-Christian person from your F.R.A.N.C. list. This can be done in a contact-free, yet intentional manner that really speaks. And for heaven’s sake, if you can’t cook, get with somebody who can or just take them some Krispy Kreme or Chick-Fil-A. Again, the goal is to build bridges, not walls. 

    Are you still going on walks or jogs? Be intentional by turning that time into a prayer walk/jog. Ask God to move among the homes, stores, streets, and settings you pass by on your way. Ask God to soften the hearts of those around you to the message of the gospel while giving you the boldness to share. 

    Are you still making trips to the mailbox? Be intentional to get the mail at a time when some of your neighbors are outside. That way, you can naturally engage them in conversation, listen for needs, invite them to church online, or even offer to pray for them—all from six feet apart! We actually have a few neighbors on our street who recently started attending our Connect Group because of mailbox conversations. 

    Whether it be Paul from prison or you and me from a distance, the gospel can’t be quarantined!  

    So… 
    Be bold. 
    Be encouraged. 
    And by all means… be intentional.