Friday, May 16, 2008

Measurements

When I meet new people and tell them about Missio Lux, they always ask two questions. Can you guess what they are?
1. Where are you meeting?
2. How many people do you have?

These questions frustrate me because it seems that people want to put measurements on Missio Lux that don't fit. We consider Missio Lux a lifestyle: one that experiences and shares the freedom and hope of Jesus with everyone we meet. We choose to live by Jesus priorities.

Guess what? Jesus didn't have a place to meet. He met whereever people gathered and he lived in a way that made a huge impact whereever he was. He had compassion on people; he healed them, he taught them, he listened to them, he challenged them.

Jesus also didn't turn in number reports on Sunday mornings. He didn't count how people came to hear his teaching on the Sermon in the Mount. He didn't count how many turned up for the Palm Sunday parade into Jerusalem. The only thing he counted was his true followers; and that was because he was intentionally delegating Kingdom ministry to them.

Missio Lux will focus on this too. We will meet all over; in homes, parks, Starbucks, whereever we find a place of people gathered to know God, love each other and serve the world. We will meet in places of need so that we can offer hope. We will also look outward to the people in the world around us, rather than inward to count how many bodies walk through a door.

What matters, you see, is our lifestyle.
When we wake up, do we spend time with the one who created us to have a relationship with us?
When we move through our day, are we seeking to treat people with respect, honor and integrity?
When we come home to our families, do we look them in the eye and truly listen to them?

Let's tell stories of how God is teaching you to live the Missio Lux lifestyle. Because it's everywhere and growing as the fire catches on!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

FWIW, *somebody* counted how many folks were fed when he multiplied loaves and fishes... ;-)

Dave said...

From the eyes of a student our religious culture is confronted with an honest look at reality. This reality is not inflationary demanding an answer. Those who promote prosperity as a Biblical standard are out of touch with Christ who came as servant. The freedom he offered was in humility, not flaunting wealth as an indication of spirituality.

When we consider Missio Lux as a lifestyle we meet people where they are, sharing hope and compassion to a hurting world.

I am impressed with the centrality of this article:
http://www.covchurch.org/cov/news/item6302

Dave