The people of Saint Brendan are moving into the Easter season with a new message series called “Bold Moves.” Each week, we’ll highlight a different step you can take to prepare for the bold move God wants you to make.
As Father Roger and Father Pete said in their weekend messages, waiting on God and sometimes delaying gratification is a necessary step to getting ready for the bold move God wants us to make. But while we are waiting, we are not to be standing still. We are called to be people of action.
We have been redeemed in Christ, but the work of getting everything back to where God intended it in the first place is still a work in progress, and it is our job in Christ to restore the world. That work of restoration is called “mission.”
The Church literally is on mission. It is most fundamentally who we are and what we do. Maybe we have come mistakenly to think of church as a building, a destination, or a “holy huddle” of like-minded believers. But the Church actually is a movement out into the world, which means that it has to move.
Each one of us has the opportunity to influence and have a positive impact on the people around us. Even though we often just think about getting through the day and dealing with our stress, God wants you to know that he has a plan for your life and that he has positioned you exactly where you are, so that you can have an influence on others.
“Think about your family members, friends, co-workers, teammates and classmates, and the parents next to you on the sports field,” said Father Roger. “They are your mission field. God has placed them in your life on purpose. In fact, you never leave your mission field. Wherever you are, that is your mission field. Indeed, missions are so much more than signing up to serve once in a while. Mission is about viewing our every day lives as an opportunity to influence other people for good and for God.”
You don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to be a better listener, to deal with others with an open heart and a smile, and to try to connect with them from the first encounter forward. You can do that with everyone you run across every day. Imagine how many people could begin a relationship with God because of that attitude and your good work in the mission field of your life.
What the church asks you to do to help with God’s mission is very simple. Invest in the people around you and, when you have the opportunity, invite them to church.
This week, take a bold step in discipleship and ask yourself: “Who is the one person this week in whom I can plant God’s seed, invest in that relationship, and then invite them to church when the time is right.
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