We all have rhythms in our lives. Habits that define us. In reality, who we are as a person and as a follower of Jesus is the summation of these daily patterns.
What do the rhythms of your life say about what is important to you?
If you wanted to lose weight, you would change your eating habits or live a more active lifestyle. If you wanted to read a book, you would set aside time to read regularly. If you wanted to run a 5K race, you would start running (if you are smart!).
Is it any surprise that we often fail to live missionally but we have not prioritized missional rhythms in our lives? It reminds me of the old rocks in a jar analogy. You can read the next paragraph or just watch the video below!
If you fill a jar to the top with large rocks is it full? Not yet. You can still shake in pebbles and add sand and finally pour in water until every crevice is “full.” But if you began with water, there would be no space to add anything!
We either make time for what is important to us or the demands of life overtake our time and resources. So, we need to ask the question:
Is living missionally important to us?
If it is than where do we see missional rhythms and habits prioritized? Do we spend time with those far from Jesus? Do names of people far from Jesus make our prayer lists? Do we sense a burden or brokenness for those who are dying away from Jesus all around us? When was the last time weinvited someone who is not a Christian into our homes?
We make time for what is important to us. Paul describes a principle concerning giving that I believe applies to mission too:
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”2 Corinthians 9:6
If we do not sow seeds, we will not reap fruit. If we do not cultivate the soil, we will not see a harvest. And if we believe the words of Jesus there is a harvest that awaits us if we are willing to work (Matthew 9:35-38)! But it is up us to instill missional rhythms in our lives.
Start right now! Pray for a lost friend or family member. Seek to serve someone far from Jesus. Rearrange your schedule so you have time to build relationships with non-Christians. Plan to eat a meal with someone who does not know Jesus. Make missional living a priority.
Also, read more about missional rhythms on our Missional Skill Sets Page.
Phil is the pastor of SURGE Student Ministries at Berean Baptist Church. He is married to Sarah and together they love raising their three boys.
Contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org