Going beyond ourselves and extending the love and message of Jesus to our homes, workplaces, communities and the world.
(Micah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8; Colossians 1:28-29; Acts 5:42 & 17:17)
Some of the defining aspects of the Christian faith include our calling to live beyond ourselves, to care for “the least of these”, and to be so enthralled with who God is that we desire for others to know. We are designed to be outward focused.
This outward trajectory is much more than simply giving to the poor or less fortunate. It goes beyond doing good deeds just to appease God and avoid personal guilt. It is not robotically sharing your faith with a neighbour or co-worker. Living on Mission is something that naturally arises from the core of who we are as we grow in our understanding of who God is.
In many ways it is a “chicken and egg” scenario, linked to all aspects of our faith journey. We seek to know God through scripture, prayer, and Christian community which leads us to Live on Mission (caring for those in need, sharing our faith, and standing up to abuse), perhaps initially in a simple way. Then, we gain a deeper understanding of scripture, our prayers deepen, and our Christian community is stretched. As this happens, we desire to Live on Mission in new ways, which in turn makes scripture more meaningful, enriches our prayers, and teaches us the beauty of community. Living on Mission is cyclical and self-fulfilling, ever deepening as it repeats.
Thus, Living on Mission is never an isolated act. It is beautifully integrated into our faith journey. This is why we “commit to going beyond ourselves”. We do it to impact others and to lead ourselves into a life of true discipleship, finally understanding the full extent of God’s love for us.