I know that it has been some time since I posted anything here on the blog. I have so many articles in the cue, but I’ve been without the margin to post them at this time. This morning, I watched this video by Andy Mineo about “Wild Things.” It speaks much of my heart for the people I’m seeking to love and lead from strangers to missionaries. Hope this video encourages you as much as it did me.

“let the gospel off the leash and go where the beasts at” – Andy Mineo
“What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? – Apostle Paul

“I talk about Jesus, all the Christians love me; I walk like Jesus, and now they judge me.”

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This video and song is stirring. Only Jesus can satisfy.

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A couple weeks ago, I wrapped up the blog series “from strangers to missionaries” with a compilation post and summary. Or so I thought.

Since then more conversations have occurred, and I’d like to offer a few more posts that I believe could be helpful to those of you attempting to work this out. One stream of conversation has had to do with the online platform I use called NextDoor. I started using NextDoor to create an online hub for my immediate neighborhood with the purpose of owning my own square mile. Now more than six months in, I have experienced some highs and lows in seeking to live as a missionary to my own neighborhood. I have said this to more than one person: being a missionary to my neighborhood has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

But it’s worth it. It’s what God has called me, called us, to do.

In our world today, pathways into people’s lives have changed. In times past, permission was given to enter through their front door (literally). People were much more accessible and approachable. Neighbors felt like neighbors. Now neighbors are more like strangers than ever before. People are more insulated and isolated through television, computers, video games, and other indoor hobbies that breed insular lives. People seem to always being in a hurry, with no time to talk and take every measure possible to prevent that from happening (tinted windows, gated entrances, security systems, and fenced in yards).

What I’ve discovered about my neighborhood, in particular, is that almost everyone is a transplant to our city and this neighborhood. The overwhelming majority have lived here less than five years. Several languages and nearly a dozen nationalities are represented in this diverse group of 1,400 people. And the few times I’ve hosted a “meet and greet”, the confession among us all is that we don’t know one another and really don’t know how to be neighbors to one another. There’s a desire, albeit often very small, but there’s a bigger problem of ignorance and incompetency in knowing how to live in community with other people. Someone has to take the lead and work to overcome the massive inertia to build relationships and forge meaningful community.

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Paul Tripp is exactly right. The “insane busyness of Western culture” is incapable of producing faithfulness to the mission of the church. Ultimately, this is a heart issue. It is a kingdom issue. What do we value? What do we prioritize? What matters most? We cannot see gospel advance when the kingdom of God is an optional accessory to our busy lives. Jesus instructed us to “seek first the kingdom of God.” Our passion, priority, and pursuit in life ought to be governed and guarded by this command, but so often my kingdom and agenda feels so right, so comfortable, so me. And that’s precisely the problem.

A life filled with me, not Jesus.

My comforts, not His commission.
My preferences, not His purposes.
My way, not His word.

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The Pressure’s Off

Tim Brister —  September 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

Such an encouraging word from my seminary mentor and friend, Jason Meyer. “Doing little things with great love can make a big difference. It can change the world.” Lord, take our fresh brownies and fresh faith to behold Your mysterious and majestic work among us.

HT: Z

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