Revolution: Living as an Everyday Missionary
We've said a lot in this series about revolutionary ways we can be everyday missionaries. Steve Hayes told us to get off our donkeys and do something to meet the needs of others. Fernando Hernandez urged us to stop waiting for God to do a miracle and go where He leads us, becoming the miracle for others. I reminded us that the Gospel transforms us to the degree that it is transforming us. Jeff Harding's story challenged us to consider who we're called to love and serve, who we're called to be missionaries to. Last week, I challenged us to consider every person as someone destined for Resurrection. That's a lot. If you missed any of those messages, or you want to go back and listen again, you can check out the the North Phoenix podcast on iTunes or at our website, nphx.org/pocasts.
We all know people who seem "far from God." Not that God has abandoned them, but they've chose to run away from God's design, plans and intent for their life. We all know people who've struggled through some dark seasons. Who face incredible challenges daily. And those challenges take a toll on them and those around them.
In the Scriptures
Luke 5:17-26 NIV
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."
The Bottom Line
The secret to being an everyday missionary is as simple as ABCD. Love others ABOVE and BEYOND the CALL of DUTY.
God's presence is powerful.
-What is God capable of accomplishing in the lives of those you love that you are not?
2. Invest in people for the long haul.
-How far are you willing to go?
3. Our faith matters.
-Where is your faith wavering?
4. Trust the results to God.
Tonight, I commit to invest my life in _____________ for the long haul, praying that God does a miracle in their heart that I get to witness.