Weird: Mission – Day 2 of 5:
Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t always mean you need to pack your bags and move to some remote country on the African continent, hoping to share the message of Jesus with those who barely have access to food and water, let alone a local church. Yes, God may call some into full time missionary work, and it’s possible you’re one of them! But most people will continue to work in the same job and enjoy the same hobbies, year after year.
This doesn’t mean we are to keep what we believe hidden from others. Instead, we are to relate with others, befriending them in such a way that they see and hear our faith in action on a regular basis. We don’t do this to receive recognition and accolades. We do it so that God receives the recognition.
Read: Matthew 9:9-13,10:32-33, 12:46-50
Questions to Consider:
- What types of people did Jesus take specific opportunities to relate with?
- What, specifically, did he did do to relate with them?
- Think of one or two people you struggle to relate with. What do you think makes your relationship with them so difficult?
- What specifically, can you do to better relate with them throughout the week? Month? Year?
- If someone asked you what God has called you to do and/or where He’s called you to go, how would you answer?
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that there are people in my life that I have a hard time relating with in a positive way. But I know that You have called me to live intentionally for You, and live with others relationally in a way that points people directly to You. Today I want to pray specifically for those I struggle to relate with. I pray that You will continue to help me see them as people created in Your image, and that You will provide me the wisdom to know how to love them in the same ways You do. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.