I’m excited to be posting for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church today in collaboration with the current sermon series…“A New Reformation.”
To read the first two posts in the series:
Today, I’m talking about witnessing and being missional—two terms that can be intimidating and make us uncomfortable…or two terms that can be exciting.
Being on mission is the paradigm shift of a lifetime. The greatest adventure is to hear the invitation and respond. The greatest tragedy is to ignore our calling and go on living life as usual. – Britt Merrick, Godspeed
Two words used to bother me…witnessing and missional.
“Witnessing” made me envision standing on street corners and knocking on doors, neither of which I’m comfortable with.
And worse, it made me flash back to the guy yelling on the college campus, telling me where I was going before 8:00 in the morning. (Note to college campus yellers: Confrontational does not invite people to listen to you or care what you have to say. I’m just saying.)
Missional is a newer term, and when I first started hearing it, “being missional” sounded like witnessing. So, I didn’t like it.
But I see these two words differently now, and they no longer invoke an instant “no way” from me.
To witness means to tell your personal story as you know it—what God has done in your life.
To be missional is to have the freedom to interact with others and tell your story when given the opportunity.
Right where you are.
I hope you’ll join me at the Gloria Dei blog to read my post, where I explain the three reasons intimidating turned to exciting for me.
How do you feel about God asking you to share your story with others?