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Missions Month

48460b16-e8ae-4272-bc3d-8c6d7278e1bcI really like the way Crossroads Fellowship anniversary Sunday leads straight into missions month every year. After a wonderful celebration of 14 years of God’s faithfulness in and through Crossroads last Sunday, it is time to get back to the business of carrying out Christ’s mission on earth. And July is the month we pay special attention to this mission of reaching out to the hopeless (those who have not received Jesus as their Saviour) and the helpless (the needy and less fortunate). This is what we see in Jesus’ life. He loved sinners so much so that He was called a friend of sinners. He also had a strong and genuine compassion for those who were sick, poor, oppressed, and needy that everywhere He went He helped them. Because Jesus had a heart for people, we dedicate the whole month of July to rekindling our love and concern for people, especially the unsaved and the needy. There is no way we can be passionate disciples of Jesus Christ without sharing His love and concern for the hopeless and the helpless.

There will be many outreach activities and projects throughout the month of July to give each of us an opportunity to participate in reaching out to the hopeless and the helpless. All the life groups and different ministries of our church will have their own projects and then on 30 July 2016 we will do a church-wide missions/outreach project that will involve cleaning the streets of Nyali.

But you don’t have to wait until July or until the time of CF outreach projects to carry out Jesus’ mission where you are. God is at work around you. He is always in the business of giving hope to the hopeless and helping the helpless and He wants to use you. Paul, one of Jesus’ close friends put it like this: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) And Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13, 16, HCSB). God has a special assignment for you where you are. He wants to use you to give hope the hopeless people you know and to help the helpless around you.

But you don’t have to wait until July or until the time of CF outreach projects to carry out Jesus’ mission where you are. God is at work around you. He is always in the business of giving hope to the hopeless and helping the helpless and He wants to use you. Paul, one of Jesus’ close friends put it like this: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) And Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13, 16, HCSB). God has a special assignment for you where you are. He wants to use you to give hope the hopeless people you know and to help the helpless around you.

How does this look like practically? First you begin where you are. That is where your mission starts! You do not need to go somewhere else to join Jesus in His work of giving hope to the hopeless and helping the helpless. God has you where He wants you to be for now. Where you live, where you work, where you do business or where you go school are all by God’s divine appointment. The unbelievers you know are in your life right now by God’s design and not by sheer luck or chance.
So how do you start? Let me suggest two things to do: first, show a godly life to others by serving them. This is what Jesus meant when He said that we should let our light shine before others so that they may see our good works and praise our Father in heaven. Treat others better than they deserve or better than they have treated you. Serve them by being nice to them; smile, greet them and speak kindly to them; go out of your way to offer them a ride, etc. Treat everyone the way God treats you.

Then second, share your story with them when an opportunity presents itself. I understand this is not easy for all of us, but we can all learn tell our story to unbelievers. The Bible calls us witnesses (Acts 1:8) and a witness is simply “one who declares on the basis of personal experience what he or she knows to be true about Christ.” (John Ogden) So share your story with unbelievers in your life when you get the opportunity. Alternatively, invite them to Crossroads this month and they will get to hear a clear presentation of the good news about Jesus and be given an opportunity to receive Him.

Point To Ponder:

We are never going to make a difference in this world until this world sees a difference in us.” Dr. J. Merritt

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