Some of us believe in “missions” or the act of being on mission, but we feel like we are complete failures at it. One of the reasons is because we fail to give mission time to mature. We are too busy to be on mission for Jesus because we are on mission for ourselves. We live in a society that is impatient, and selfish, unwilling to invest in a place or city. We are more concerned about what is next that we miss the value of the now.
See, living on mission takes time. Living on mission is according to the Holy Spirit’s timetable, not your own. You never know when it’s going to occur. One of the errors the local church has experienced in recent generations is to confuse mission with an event you tack onto your already busy life. Instead, mission should be the way we live, not something we add onto life.
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:2-6)
James Davidson Hunter speaks of Christian witness as being a “faithful presence.” Often, the key to living on mission is being present where God has planted you. As an aside, this may also be in your family. Just being in the same room is not the same as being present. Being present involves engagement wherever you are.
Here’s one of the easiest strategies to being on mission: Be a Regular. Being a regular is simply frequenting a place until people know you by name. Being a regular opens doors to beginning gospel conversations with people you would otherwise never have even known. The gospel matters very much to God, and it should mean much to us too – but we cannot give the gospel until others see that we care enough to know them.
Where can you be a regular today? Living on mission takes time. So go, be a regular.