Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in This World by Scott Boren is a book that I am currently reading. I wanted to share a few quotes from it to present to you a possible new way of looking at the day to day life of a Christian.
Boren writes, “Most people today play their life rhythms without even thinking about the music their lives make.” I have always been an introspective person. I mostly attribute that to my somewhat introverted personality. I often get lost in my thoughts and since I am a single person, I have a lot of time to just think. I am privileged to minister within a context that allows me to exercise the spiritual aspects of who I am as a person. Both as a Bible teacher at a private Christian school and as a youth pastor, my life reflections get to center around my calling and my own spiritual reflection.
Boren’s quote made me think about a few things. What exactly does God want of me? I often get frustrated with myself that I don’t minister enough. I think about how I am presently ordering my life and the importance that I am placing on the various things in my life. I teach often that God has us here not to build our lives in such a way that we turn our focus to the temporary or to the distractions of this world, but I have to admit, I have done just that in many ways. I am not saying that it is totally wrong to engage in some of the pleasures of this world, but I am saying that allowing those pleasures to become distractions is wrong.
I’ve got a really good friend, a brother, who serves as a challenger to me. We spur one another on to good works as is stated in the Word. We talk about the simple message of the Gospel and how there should be some level of radical to our witness. As I am writing this, I am thinking that perhaps the word shouldn’t be radical but expected. As a believer, it should be expected that our lives would move to a different rhythm. I believe the correct term is ‘lockstep’. The term lockstep as it applies to movement is defined in this way. Lockstep is a “way of marching with each person as close as possible to the one in front.”
Another definition carries the meaning even further. Lockstep can also mean “close adherence to and emulation of another’s actions.” If we are to be in lockstep with Christ, then we must seek to follow as closely as possible to Him and to emulate what type of ministry He has shown us is the mission which He has left to us to continue.
Any other focus for our lives would cause us to falter in our movements and to become out of sync with His mission. He left that mission to us. It serves as our purpose for being here. John 14:12; “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.“
I want to close with this quote from Boren; “We are called together as an orchestra comprised of muddled, stumbling rejects who are trying to figure life out like everyone else. Then we simply offer what we have and see what can come of it for the sake of others.” But I want to add to this quote for clarification. The Gospel contains within it the power to transform lives. It may be delivered by muddled up people, but the difference is God’s Word never fails. As Scripture says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.“
So all we must do is ‘go’ and be on mission! No distractions and no other purposes.