It was in September of 2010. I had been in ministry for as far back as I can remember. If you were to ask me a biblical question I would give you the answer. The problem was my answer would come from memory, from years of serving in the church; it would not come from my relationship or from what I learned as I grew and walked with the Lord.
At the time my husband was a Student Minister in Kentucky. I was serving in every area of the church I could, while being a wife and having two small children. I thought I had it all together, I thought I was serving the Lord as best I could. You know that moment when you’re seeking the Lord and it’s as if He turns on a light bulb in your heart. It caused me to take a double look at myself and I realized, I was running a race but it wasn’t the one He had asked me to.
You see, I was throwing all of my heart into serving the church but when church was out or I wasn’t involved in a church function my life was all about me, my needs and my wants. I lived my life like the average American. I went to the grocery store without a care of who I ran into. I never gave a thought to the needs of the people I met. Even if I was given the opportunity to share the gospel it was more of a promotion of the church – not pointing to Christ.
As I was praying, words that I was very familiar with rolled fresh across my heart: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
I knew those words meant “as you are going -make disciples”. I had heard it preached on many times but just like everything – I had committed it to memory and not to action. My heart ached, over this truth. My head was spinning, trying to figure out what that meant? What does it look like for me to live my life unto Christ? How can I share the gospel doing my daily mundane things?
I was a stay at home mom. I know I am to minister to my children, I dare not forsake that calling, but “Lord, I know you are asking me to completely re-think the way I live my life”. What would it look like to live out the Gospel?
What would it look like to live missionally?
Melissa Bradley is Married with two small children. She serves at a Church Plant in Hendersonville, NC. The passion of her heart is to live every day Missionally. You can also find Melissa at Beautiful Mommy Feet, she and her husbands Personal Ministry Page, a Women’s ministry page -Radiance and on Facebook.
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12/27/2012 10:01:41 am
Melissa this is so perfectly timed and so exquisitely written. You ask the very question many of our hearts beg, "Lord will you use ME?" Surely there has to be a gospel mission in our everyday lives-with our families, friends, work, neigbors and in the laundry-doing, meal-making, errand-driving, and beyond!
12/31/2012 10:01:02 pm
Thank you for your kind words! I'm still far from where I want to be missionally, but I am determined not to live what comes naturally. Meaning if I'm comfortable -I'm probably not doing what Jesus would have me do. I mean as Jesus himself followed God he spit in people's eyes for them to regain their vision. Talk about uncomfortable - hoe do you go about explaining that :) I pray The Lord never leads me to spit on someone but I do pray to seek His guidance in my everyday moments.
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