By Travis Roberts
Recently I’ve been working out at a local gym in the mornings. There’s about 10 people who are there consistently. Occasionally small talk happens when a couple people choose to take off their headphones for 10 seconds but we mostly keep to ourselves during workouts. That might be attributed to the fact that most of us are just waking up when we walk through the gym doors. Not everyone’s a morning person you know!
Over the last month I continue to brainstorm how I could make an eternal difference in the lives of those at the gym. As a Christian, I want to view every community I’m connected to as a missional one.
Missional means being an agent of God’s mission to the world. I simply want others to know the story of how God has changed my life through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 is a beautiful explanation of the gospel. A summary would be, “Anyone who is in Christ, saved by faith in Him alone, is a new creation. The old you is gone and there is now a new you, all thanks to Jesus.”
But what does this new you look like? Verse 19 gives us a glimpse. It says that in Christ, God was reconciling the whole world to himself. It continues with these two designations: God no longer counts your sins against you AND He has entrusted you and me with the message of reconciliation. He makes His appeal to the world through us! How awesome is that!
Now put all of what I shared with you into the place where I simply go to work out. It absolutely changes the mindset I have. I go there for my health but more importantly I go there as an ambassador of Christ entrusted with the gospel message. That isn’t the world’s responsibility, it’s mine.
To bring this home I wanted to share with you exactly how you and I can be missional in the communities we find ourselves in. Michael Frost is a pastor in Australia and he encourages his people to practice an exercise called “BELLS” each week. Here’s a look into what it is:
Bless: I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church.
Eat: I will eat with three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church.
Listen: I will spend at least one period of the week listening for the Spirit’s voice.
Learn: I will spend at least one period of the week learning Christ.
Sent: I will journal throughout the week all the ways I alerted others of what Christ has done and is doing in my life.
Frost says that if you want to be a generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christlike missionary, don’t just try to learn these values. Foster these habits!
How could you incorporate these practices into your daily life? Who could you bless? Who is waiting for you to build a relationship? How can you share your life and testimony with people who don’t follow Jesus? We can all be a little more missional one step at a time.
If you want more about Michael Foster’s missional ideas, check it out here: http://www.rupertsland.ca/wp-content/uploads/The-5-Habits-of-Highly-Missional-People-11.pdf
Be blessed and be a blessing!