See A Need, Fill A Need

Posted: November 11, 2015 in Blog, Pastor's Corner
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Asking the questions, what do I do? and, how is it to be done? are the questions we must ask. I praise God, as I’ve been heard people asking these questions. This comes seemingly as the result of God’s Word preached, and the moving of the Spirit of God over the past month. My prayer is that God will strengthen this stirring desire at Risen Son.

So, how do we do missions? In what way do we begin to do this work? An impetus for missions has been provided, as the Word of God has been expounded. The need to be missional is obvious, and we mustn’t simply be hearers of the Word, but also doers of the Word.

Contrary to popular opinion, the first step isn’t missional action. Believe it or not, the first thing we need to engage ourselves in is prayer. Oddly enough we do not consider prayer to be an act, let alone the beginning point of missions. Prayer needs to be the decisive first step, slowing down, taking our time, and seeking God’s face is what must be done. Seek the will of the Father for our congregation in missions. Scripturally prayer is to be the action we engage in continuously, and we need to be praying in regard to missions.

However, let’s not sit down, pray and expect the work given by God to be done magically. Risen Son has many things to do. Currently there are numerous missional avenues in our church. Get involved in a ministry, be faithful, and make those ministries what they should be.

see-a-need-fill-a-need“See a need, fill a need.” I know I’m quoting a cartoon, but it has great proverbial value. This is highly important and practical. We often like to be armchair quarterbacks and criticize the work done by others, while doing no work our selves. Stop it. If there is an outreach that isn’t as outreachy as you might like, come alongside your brothers and sisters. Love them, serve with them, pray with them and for them, and seek to lead, be led, and love other to faithfulness in the missional commission we live under.

imagesIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

For some of us this might mean we need to commit to membership. For others it might mean that we need to evaluate what we are doing in light of the Scriptures. And yet for others this means that we need to ask, seek, and knock, praying that God will lead us in missional-covenant faithfulness.

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