Friday, March 08, 2013
A simple way to live on mission
When was the last time we ate a meal with the modern day equivalent of the tax collector crowd?
Christ-followers are called to share hospitality with the irreligious.
Luke 5:29 And Levi made Jesus a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of [irreligious] tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes [the religious] grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" 31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."
Hmm. Maybe it's time we had some unchurched, de-churched, never-churched, hurt-by-church friends over for supper. And while we are at it, we can open our mouths and put in a good word for Jesus Christ.
Yes, we are to be holy. Yes, we are to be separate. Yes, we are to come out from among them. Yes, we are to be in the world, but not of the world.
But let's not forget that we are in, not of, to go to.
We've been sent to the world as those who are not of the world. That's why we've been left in the world.
We say we are Christ-followers? So, who in the world will we invite to supper?
That's Missional Living. That's a way to be inviting people to new life in Christ.