Let's be honest. Most people get overwhelmed when it comes to obeying Christ's command to make disciples as his gospel witnesses and ambassadors (Matt. 28:16-20). Of all the things that feel overwhelming, one of the major issues when it comes to missional living is time.
We just don't have enough time to make a difference. At least it feels that way when we look at our calendars. Here’s the thing, though; we typically don’t need to add more activities into our lives to be more effective as ambassadors of Jesus –- we need to add more intentionality as we remember our identity in Jesus.
As we enjoy Jesus and remember who we are in Jesus, we will increasingly live on His mission so that more people would know and love Him.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2 Cor 5:17-20
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” -- John 20:21
Steve Timmis and Tim Chester give the most helpful explanation of gospel intentionality in Total Church:
"Major events have a role to play in church life, but the bedrock of gospel ministry is low-key, ordinary, day-to-day work that often goes unseen. Most gospel ministry involves ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality.”
Five Easy and Effective Ways To Do Ordinary Life with Gospel Intentionality
1. PRAY. Add a simply prayer like “God, show me how I can share Jesus and serve like an ambassador of Jesus today” to your daily morning routine.
2. EAT. We normally eat 21 meals a week. Commit to sharing at least one of those a week with someone who does not believe in Jesus.
3. INVITE. Invite your Redeemer community into relationships and events with your other friends/coworkers/non-believers and vice versa.
4. PAY ATTENTION. Be attentive to “God-moments” everyday. These are the things that feel like annoyances when we don’t have a gospel-attitude.
“Most God-moments are unexpected and occur along the way to someplace else. They will seem like interruptions, but if you begin to look for God’s fingerprints in your day and in every relationship, in every coffee shop, in every conversation you have with your neighbor, there’s a good chance you will begin to see God’s incarnational presence.”
5. PLAY. Do your typical hobbies or fun activities prayerfully (see number 1 ) and by inviting a mix of believers and non-believers into the thing you’re doing (number 3).
Gospel Intentionality Personal Reflection
What might it look like for you to live with more gospel intentionality? Write out everything you do typically Sunday through Saturday. Include meals, work, that one TV show you never miss, gym, etc. Share your responses with a friend and discuss how you can engage on mission together.
· What things can you do easily with gospel intentionality – that is by inviting a non-believing friend (and ideally another believing friend) into the activity with you?
· What activities do you typically do with non-Christian friends but do not do them as prayerfully as you’d like?
· If you typically do little besides work with non-believers, how can you develop more gospel intentionality and relationships through the 5 tips above?