Being on mission is the paradigm shift of a lifetime. The greatest adventure is to hear the invitation and respond. The greatest tragedy is to ignore our calling and go on living life as usual. – Britt Merrick, Godspeed

Two words used to bother me…witnessing and missional.

“Witnessing” made me envision standing on street corners and knocking on doors, neither of which I’m comfortable with.

And worse, it made me flash back to the guy yelling on the college campus, telling me where I was going before 8:00 in the morning. (Note to college campus yellers: Confrontational does not invite people to listen to you or care what you have to say. I’m just saying.)

Missional is a newer term, and when I first started hearing it, “being missional” sounded like witnessing. So, I didn’t like it.

But I see these two words differently now, and they no longer invoke an instant “no way” from me.

To witness means to tell your personal story as you know it—what God has done in your life.

To be missional is to have the freedom to interact with others and tell your story when given the opportunity.

Right where you are.

Throughout the Bible, God has worked through people, not independently of them. I believe this is still the case today. I can identify times in my life when my faith grew exponentially and it was through certain people God had brought into my life at that time.

Knowing God invites us into His Kingdom work can be intimidating. But there are three thoughts that have changed intimidating to exciting for me.

Only God can change hearts. We can plant the seed, but change is God’s work, not ours. We may have the privilege of seeing someone’s heart changed, or we may never know. But God knows, and that’s what matters.

Only God can save. It’s not our job to save someone, and that takes the pressure off. If we think we have to make sure someone is saved, then it becomes about us, not God. And it’s not about us at all. It’s all about God.

There’s not just one way to share your faith with others. God created each of us to be unique, with different strengths and talents. Going to the homeless shelter may not be for everyone, but it is someone’s gift. Hosting the block party may come naturally for many, but not for all. Some may feel comfortable speaking to one…or to many. But there is not just one way to share your faith.

How do you feel about God inviting you into His mission?

Interacting with others when you see the opportunity may be far outside of your comfort zone. God tends to do that, you know—just when you feel comfortable, He stretches you a little more, or in a different way.

God has a plan for you, and if He’s moving you, it’s time for action.

Right here. Right now. With Him.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT

In Christ,
Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith