Theme of the Week: Making A Godly Impact
Bible Verse: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-10
The final habit is to begin identifying yourself as a missionary—a sent one—by journaling the ways you’re alerting others to God’s reign. You can make daily journal entries or set aside some time at the end of each week to look back over the last seven days to recall how you’ve either announced or demonstrated God’s universal reign, even if it’s in the smallest of ways.
If our mission is to alert others to the universal reign of God through Christ, then all believers should see themselves as missionaries. Again, this doesn’t mean every believer is a gifted evangelist. But it does mean that every believer needs to take seriously his or her calling to alert others to God’s reign and rule.
Some questions necessarily follow: Well then, what does the reign of God look like? If your life is meant to alert people to his reign, what exactly are you pointing them toward?
Since reconciliation between God and humankind is at the heart of Christ’s work on the cross, it makes sense that reconciliation—between God and humankind, between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, black, and white and Asian and Hispanic, and so on should be a core expression of God’s reign and rule.
For this fifth missional habit, I want you to start journaling all the ways in any given week you’ve alerted others (by word or by deed) to the reconciling aspect of God’s reign. Why do I want you to journal your experience? Well, as Anne Broyles says, in keeping a journal, “what our mind is thinking and our heart is feeling becomes tangible: ink on paper.”1
Indeed, journaling is more than just a way of thinking things through: It is a recognized spiritual discipline. More than just recording your thoughts, however, I want you to identify ways you mirrored God’s work of justice, reconciliation, beauty, and wholeness in the world.
This will be more than writing, “I shared Christ with someone today” or “I treated a confused student kindly today.” It will be about helping you to sort through the myriad everyday ways you operate as God’s ambassador in your world. I want you to explore how your commitments to craftsmanship, care, and commerce reflect the things of the kingdom.
1 Broyles, Anne. Journaling: A Spiritual Journey, Nashville: Upper Room, 1999, p.10.
Some content taken from Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost. Copyright © 2016 by Michael Frost. Used by permission of NavPress, represented by Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.
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