Weird: Mission – Day 1 of 5
Nick: “Did you ever think that…oh, never mind.”
Jordan: “What is it?”
Nick: “I don’t need to say it. Really.”
Jordan: “Really, it’s OK.”
Nick: “I just sometimes feel like, maybe we were made to be part of something bigger.”
Jordan: “Are you saying this job isn’t everything you hoped it would be? Because of all the other companies I’ve worked for, I think I could retire from this one.”
Nick: “No, it’s not that at all. I mean, sure, I like my job and all. And I agree that I could retire from here, too. But every day is the same thing. Wake up. Get the kids off to school. Come here and meet with clients. Go home. And then get up the next day and do it all over again. I suppose we are making a difference and all, but I just wonder if I could be doing something that would provide more meaning and purpose, ya know?”
Jordan: “Sorry. I’m not sure I do know. What else is there?”
Nick: “Well, you go to the same church as my family, right?”
Jordan: “Yeah, we’ve been attending for years. We really like it there.”
Nick: “The message from this weekend is really sticking with me. The pastor talked about living out our faith intentionally, and relationally with others.”
Jordan: “Yeah…what’s your point?”
Nick: “It just doesn’t seem like we do that. You and I. Our families. I mean, what do we do to intentionally live out our faith around others.”
Jordan: “I understood the point of the message. But I also know that this is the real world. We can’t really talk about our faith with others. Remember Michael?”
Nick: “Oh yeah, whatever happened to him, anyway?”
Jordan: “They fired him. He kept going on and on about his faith. Apparently somebody filed a complaint. I mean it’s one thing to be nice to people, or invite them to a special church event or something like that. But we can’t go around just openly talking about Jesus all the time.”
Nick: “Maybe it’s not that we can’t talk about our faith with others. Maybe we just need to figure out how to live out our faith more intentionally around others.”
Nick: “That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out. Like I said, I feel like we’re supposed to be …no, I feel that we are part of something bigger. But I’m just not sure how to be intentional about it.”
Jordan: “Well, if you ever figure it out, feel free to let me know. Gotta run. But we’ll catch up again soon, alright?”
Nick: “Sure. I suppose we will.”
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Be honest. Do you get up every day and take the opportunity to think through how to live out your faith around others? Do you go into each and every day with the intention of living out the Gospel?
Some may read through these questions and say, “Of course I do.” While others may think, “I’m honestly not sure what it means to intentionally live out the Gospel.”
To intentionally live out the Gospel means to do your very best to see every person you interact with in the same way Jesus sees them. To see their hurts, struggles and fears. To love and encourage them, considering their own needs as more important than your own (Philippians 2:3-4).
As you begin this week, take time to evaluate the people you interact with the most. Some will be immediate family. Others will be colleagues, or other parents out on the soccer field. How can you be intentional about living out the Gospel around them throughout the week?
Read: Philippians 1:20-2:4
Question to Consider:
- In your own words, what do you think it means to intentionally live out the Gospel? Do you know of any scripture passages that support this?
- How can you be intentional about living out the Gospel this week? Take the opportunity to write down your answer, and look at it each and every morning throughout the week.
Heavenly Father, I simply pray today that You will give me wisdom and insight as to how I may better live intentionally for You each and every day. Amen.