Living in a healthy Rhythm between work and rest is one of our primary family values and essential to our life as family on mission. But how do we do it? What does it look like?
Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field. Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.
Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase. This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish. As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.
The Smiths spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed. They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.
The average person will spend about 70,000 hours at work.
That’s a significant part of one’s life, and yet many find themselves lacking joy and purpose in it. We hear people boast about things like vacations and retirement or talk about the value and satisfaction of ministry and missions. All this can leave us sitting at our desk wondering if what we do there matters at all.
Because we want to make disciples, not mere converts, we need to reconsider standard views of contextualization. It is more than the mere transmission of information. We might grab a lot of people’s interest, but we won’t keep it. Presentations don’t transform people. The gospel does.
Why? The gospel transforms a person’s worldview, not simply his or her doctrine. If this is our goal, then how do we begin to do contextualization?
We may be passionate in our mission, but we must always lead with humility. This is a good article that helps remind us that we are simply holding treasure as frail jars of clay. Knowledge gained can lead to arrogance. This is true in all areas of life, including missiological thought. A biblical missiology is a humble missiology.
As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing. Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.
Hospitality is a lost art in our culture, and it has become a lost necessity when it comes to discipleship. We talk about discipleship being life-on-life instead of information transfer, but how are we really inviting people into our lives? How are we, like Paul, saying "Follow me as I follow Christ"?
Missional is not an event we tack onto our already busy lives. It is our life. Mission should be the way we live, not something we add onto life: “As you go, make disciples.”; “Walk wisely towards outsiders”; “Let your speech always be seasoned with salt”; “be prepared to give a defense for your hope.”
We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. Here are a few suggestions...