Our church recently adopted the slogan “Life is Mission!” I love this, because it speaks truth. If we follow Jesus’ example, our life should be missional every single day.
What is it to live missionally? It’s really not that difficult. It’s simply this: sharing the love of Christ.
Mission happens in our everyday coming and going, working, conversations, meals around the table, running errands. It’s not a special permission field trip or an icalendar reminder to “do missions.” It’s how we live our lives.
Daily mission is the teacher listening with full attention to a child who has an uncaring home life . . . the teen boy rolling a cart of groceries over unsteady gravel for an elderly lady . . . the young couple buying a cup of coffee for the man outside Starbucks asking for change . . . the empty nester calling the shut-in just to talk and encourage for a few minutes.
Loving others is our life’s work. Everything we do in life either positions us to this end or just makes noise.
It is true that living on mission will most likely cost us: time, money, popularity, personal space. Some days we’ll want to throw in the towel, questioning our life’s purpose. But eventually the light of living in the fullness God intends will shine so brightly that the cost will grow increasingly dim.
If you choose to live on mission, your life won’t be satisfied with a single unselfish act. Your missional life will ask more of you, as it builds and grows. Your mission mindset will gain purpose and vitality; it will become persistent, day in and day out, until finally, it will be your life . . .
And then you will know: Mission has become your life; life is mission!