Most of the Christianity we see any more takes place away from work. Those of us who live in the suburbs have to leave work quickly to get back to the ‘burb to attend Wednesday night services or practice with the choir. The Christianity we “see” takes place in and around that building we call church. Weekly Christianity looks like something done from a stage or a podium. We “teach” and “preach” and we “minister.” Most of what we do with our faith happens either around the local church or in our homes.
That wasn’t the case for Jesus. Christ went. He once sent out a group he wanted to “practice” ministry. In Matthew 10:6-8, Jesus told those people to go, preach and heal.
Believers are to go. Going is part one of developing a missionary mindset. Our job is to take Jesus with us and go. I seldom invite coworkers to my own church services on Sunday’s. I’d like to go with them somewhere. Going somewhere helps me help them get acclimated. I’d like to go someplace close to where they live. If they live near me, sure, my church is an option. But I’d happily go with them to any bible-believing church service.
Many pastor’s have suggested that I invite my friends to come to church, but as our nation becomes more postmodern, I can’t see many of my non-believing friends wanting to come. I’d like to help them develop their own desire for Jesus, and let Jesus direct them to a local gathering of his people. Besides, the first step to someone coming to Christ is trusting a Christian. If they trust me, shouldn’t I say what I believe in a simple, compelling, reasoned way (1 Peter 3:15)?
Next time we will talk about preaching and healing. But ask yourself, “Where should I go today?” Then, whatever crazy thing comes to mind, figure out a way to do it. Our biggest problem isn’t that we don’t know what to do. Our biggest problem is that we don’t do what we know. May I do what I know today, too.