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Where are you sent?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in blog links, missional | 2 comments

Where are you sent?

Tim at “Synerchomai” has written a very good post called “Missional Because We’re Sent.” As you can probably tell from the title of this post, Tim is writing about living as those who are sent by God into the world.

I love that Tim is writing about this subject. Well, I love that anyone is writing about this subject, but especially Tim because the focus of his blog (like the focus of my blog) is gathering together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But, like I’ve also learned, Tim has discovered that it’s difficult to talk about gathering without also talking about being scattered into the world.

Here’s a small part of Tim’s post:

What really struck me was that believers who otherwise would have had nothing to do with one another were becoming excited about collaborating together to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel.

From this meeting together we will scatter, each to our own communities. That is our missional function. We’ll hope to gather again, to build one another up in a way that is truly organic. There’s something here I don’t quite understand: how we long to be together as brothers and sisters, yet we are sent out into the communities where God has placed us.

I think Tim is investigating something (or 2 things) that God builds into all of his children: a desire to gather together and a desire to go to others. Sometimes, we live as if these are exclusive issues, even giving special names (like “missionary”) to those who are called to go, while us normal Christians are called to go.

But, in reality, and like Tim says, we ARE all called to go into the world. We’re all sent by God as missionaries wherever we are.

Sure, God sends some around the world or across the country. He doesn’t send us all around world or across the country, but he does send us all.

So, the question is not, “Am I sent?” The question is, “Where am I sent?” or perhaps even better, “To whom am I sent?”

These are questions that we should all consider. Our brothers and sisters in Christ can help us with these questions when we gather together. But, we can only live them out when we scatter.

Talking about being sent is not enough; we must live sent.

So, where are you sent? To whom are you sent?


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  1. 3-23-2013

    I am sent to all the people I meet as I live my life.

    I meet regularly each week with various groups of my brothers and sisters, mostly small numbers. But that doesn’t stop me chatting with the lady at the supermarket checkout, inviting friends and neighbours to visit and eat with us at home, offering free hugs in the market square, buying coffee for the ‘Big Issue’ seller and leaning against the railings with him and chatting as we drink.

    They’re all simple things but they can lead to great conversations and practical ways of loving.

    Here’s one example – http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/2013/02/on-market-square.html

  2. 3-24-2013

    Chris,

    Exactly. Even if we are not sent around the world or across the country, we are sent into the lives of the people around us.

    -Alan