“Missional” is a fairly new term that has been thrown around in Christian circles for the past few years. If you understand what Missional is, you’ll know what I’m talking about, but if you have no clue what Missional means, here goes: “Missional living” is a Christian term that describes a missionary lifestyle; adopting the posture, thinking, behaviors, and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with thegospel message. That definition is from Wikipedia. Here’s how we’re living it out around our house:
We love Jesus. We know He has enormous love for us and the people He sends our way every day. We are intentional about being God’s representitives of His love wherever we are. At this phase of my life, I’m not travelling a lot to places like Africa, India, Mexico, etc. to spread God’s love. But I am travelling to my kitchen, and my living room, and my back yard. Here’s why:
We’ve made our home a Missional Outpost. We pray that every person that comes through our doors will know and understand the love of Jesus because of the love we have for one another and the love we share with them. The other day we had a new little friend over who was not following the rules and called one child a bad name. I gently pulled her aside, looked into her precious round blue eyes and said, “Sweetheart, this is a house of love. We don’t call eachother bad names here.” Another little guy that is always over here piped in and said, “She’s right! We love people here!” It made me so happy to hear him say that.
Here are some of the very easy and practical things we do to make our home “Missional”:
- We have an open door policy. Any kid can come over to our house. Good kids. Bad kids. We take them all.
- Everyone follows the rules. We are a house of love, so no name calling, fighting, stealing, or back talking.
- Everyone helps each other. If a kid eats over for dinner, they help out. They are usually the ones more eager to help than my own children.
- We talk. We swap stories at the dinner table about our day. Each kid shares at least one “high” and one “low” from their day. Once everyone has shared one story, the talkers can have their turn to share more.
- We pray. We pray before we eat dinner, or before the kids go to bed at a sleep over. Not once has a guest been freaked out by this. They love it. The past few nights one of our regular “guests” could not wait to ask if he could pray.
Our little buddy found his way to Jesus at our dinner table. Missional living is not difficult. We love and serve Jesus as a family, and we just ask others to join in along the way.
I’d love to hear your Missional Living stories! I bet you are already doing it and don’t even know it. :)