Integrating Ministy/Mission into Everyday Life

What’s the difference between Jesus and us?

First, we’re not God!

Second, Jesus integrated ministry and mission into everyday life, while nearly everyone else we know doesn’t. We compartmentalize ministry into certain times and activities, separate from the rest of our lives. If we’re not careful, “mission” is relegated to a time slot that is scheduled. But if a co-worker asks to hang out, we make up an excuse and take a rain check. This mindset rejects the fact that we are missionaries and demotes “mission” to something we merely do then stop doing in order to do something else.

What’s the solution to compartmentalized, overly busy mission in the midst of our compartmentalized, overly busy lives? From rich to poor, from doctor to fisherman, jesus integrated people, life, ministry, and mission. He redeemed the everyday, normal moments of His life and used them for God’s mission.

What things do you do everyday of the week? What events do you attend every month of the year? There are normal, ordinary, sometimes even boring moments in our lives that can be redeemed for God’s mission.

  • We eat about 21 meals/week.
  • Many commute to work/school
  • You might play in your yard or take a stroll around the block
  • You watch TV!
  • You go the gym, get your air cut
  • You have hobbies: movies, music, hiking, baking, gaming
  • You go shopping

Each of these moments are chances to weave mission into everyday activities. Each day is filled with orginary moments or activities.

Christmas Blues

For most people Christmas may be a time of joy and expectation. But not for everyone. I know too many people who get depressed at this time of year.

Carol Nelson said,

Christmas is a time when you get homesick — even when you’re home.

I’ve known that feeling some years, particularly those years immediately after the death of a loved one. What about you? Or what about those around you? Friends and family and co-workers?

If you’re having a Blue Christmas please talk to someone. Call a professional, cry to a friend; just don’t hold it all in and let it reach a point where you find there’s few options.

Four Actions that Jesus Did Often

  1. Walking: Much of Jesus’ time was spent on the road. The disciples argued, asked questions, stopped to rest, served Jesus and argued some more. Many of Jesus’ stories happened as he walked.
  2. Working: Jesus spent much time doing “nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the father doing” (John 5:19). In teaching, healing, defending himself, performing miracles, raising from the dead, and correcting misperceptions Jesus displayed and declared restoration, new life, and love.
  3. Eating/Drinking: (Especially in Luke’s gospel) we see Jesus eat with tax collectors, sinners, and prostitutes; with the 4,000 and 5,000; with the religious elite and the poor; with his disciples. And let’s not forget his first miracle! Meals, water, and wine were also the subject of some of his parables. Much of Jesus’ ministry and significant events in his life occurred in the context of food and drink.
  4. Praying: Both publicly and privately Jesus prayed often. We see him praying early in the morning, late at night, in front of many people, and with a few. The Son of God spent a lot of time with the Father.