Missional Perseverance

As the communications specialist for Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union, I hear a lot of churchy buzzwords every day I’m in the office: missional, sacrificial, authentic, discipleship.

Sometimes in my work environment, it is hard to remember what those words really mean. I can show you hundreds of examples of Christians who are living missionally, but I struggle to live missionally myself.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I am surrounded by Christians. I have to be very intentional about interacting with people outside my normal circle in order share my faith. For an introvert like me, that is a real challenge.

Chances are that your struggle is very different from mine. Living a missional lifestyle is usually not the most popular choice. It is not an easy lifestyle in any environment.

James 1:2­­–3 (NIV) says, “Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Christians in the United States don’t experience the same kind of suffering and persecution that the early Christians faced or that our brothers and sisters in other countries around the world experience. However, the daily decision to follow Christ and live a missional lifestyle in spite of any obstacle develops perseverance.

What kind of sacrifices do you make in order to live missionally in your workplace? Do you ever feel left out because of your beliefs about how to conduct yourself?

I crave authentic discipleship. I want to live a missional and sacrificial life. I know the obstacles I face and I know God uses them to produce perseverance in me.

Talk with your myMISSION group or with a trusted mentor about your struggle to live a missional lifestyle. How does your missional lifestyle require you to persevere?


Amanda-Grace Schultz holds a master’s degree in theology from Campbellsville University and is passionate about missions education and discipleship.

 

 

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