Christmas Resource (#3)



Intentional Mission


//This is an article I wrote for Church at the end of our series on Mission.

I remember as a kid picking dandelions and blowing the seeds across the yard. There is something beautiful about how the seeds spread and float with the wind. We chose this image as the graphic for our term on mission. It has stared at us week after week on the screen. Mission is like spreading dandelion seeds. It is not just a task we do in our day. Mission flows out of our normal lives. As we live, work, relate, travel, party …. our passion for Jesus is seen and heard by the people around us. It is obvious.

Each Sunday we have been encouraged by Point people, sharing how they spread their passion for Jesus. They have inspired me. One thing I noticed as I listened to them was that all of them were intentional. Mission was not accidental. They prayed over their friends or school or workplace. Then they intentionally acted to spread their passion for Jesus. Intentional Prayer. Intentional Action. And hasn’t God used his people for his glory!!

Mission is not just the overflow of our heart. Mission is the intentional overflow of our heart. Many of us don’t have a plan or a prayer on how we will spread our passion for Jesus. Our desire for mission gets lost in the busyness of life. We pray general prayers where it is hard to see answers. Fear traps us.

I have been challenged to be more intentional in prayer. I now pray for 3 specific people in port. I’ve been asking God to save them. I’ve been asking Jesus to give me opportunities to spread my passion. I’ve been asking for more courage.

I have been challenged to be more intentional in how I live. Too often I miss opportunities to be Christian amongst the people in my life because I don’t plan to do it. Here are 4 ideas I’m working on:

  • Exercise at the same time of day. I try to get out in the early morning. Over the past month I have seen the same older man walking his dog and a young guy jogging the hill I walk up. There is already recognition. Soon there will be conversation.
  • Be a regular. I try to be a regular at different cafes around town. I’m getting to know the staff.
  • Eat with Non-believers. Food disarms people. We are looking to eat more meals with people in our street. For workers, have lunch with co-workers not alone. Use the rhythms of life.
  • Participate in Port Events. Go to fundraisers, festivals, cleanups, summer shows, and concerts. Participate. Strike up conversation. Study the culture. Reflect on what you see and hear. Pray for the city. Love the city.

Mission is the intentional overflow of our heart.