Hello Sweet Cheer: Being Missional

12.15.2011

Being Missional

Good morning!
The title of this post is “Being Missional”. I had an inkling to post about this topic last week and now that I’m sitting down to write it my heart wants to write about something else.
So instead, I’d like to talk about what it actually MEANS to have a relationship with Christ. To be honest, I’m not sure if I fully understood this concept until I got to college. Even as a leader in my youth group for years, I don’t think I really knew what following Christ was all about. Today, it’s on my heart to share about a RELATIONSHIP not a religion. (sounds cheesy huh? that’s the way I like things!)
As a high school girl, I went through a lot. My years of drill team were trying, my years in the youth group at Wesley were trying, and my constant roller coaster self-confidence was trying, and still is sometimes. Through all of these things, I knew the Lord was there. I knew He loved me and wanted me to fall at His feet and surrender to Him. A few times I did. A lot more times I didn’t. But the point is, I had the head knowledge of my sin, God’s grace and His great love for me, but I had no real RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. Maybe this is you today. Regardless of whether you’re where I was or somewhere else, check this out.
When I use the word relationship I mean, give and take, two way street, communication, with the Lord Almighty. Let me pause for a moment. COMMUNICATION with the Lord Almighty. Yeah, I know, really cool, huh!? The God of the Universe wants to hang out and get to know you and I. WOW. Okay, moving on!
Now that we’ve somewhat defined what a relationship is, let’s talk about what it consists of. Here are three critical aspects to growing deeper with the Lord and getting to know Him better.
1) PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.
The Bible tells us “pray without ceasing” (1Thes5:17) and “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil4:6-7). Prayer is a HUGE part of your relationship with Jesus. Think about this, we get to talk with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the lover of our souls. Cool! Pray constantly! Fall on your knees in prayer when you’re struggling, confused, joyful, excited, etc. Pray for others, pray for this world, pray for the church, your church, your community.
2) Be in the Word, daily.
In my life, there is nothing more rejuvenating, refreshing and exciting than spending time in the Word. No facial, pedicure, nap or movie could be more life giving than scripture. God wrote us a love story and we have access to it! It is SO important to not only read and learn but to really study the Bible. Being in the Word is a DAILY thing. It’s so important that we read, pray and spend set apart time with Jesus every single day.
3) Be accountable.
I have a woman who I meet with every week and we talk about what’s going on in my life. She knows my past, where I’ve messed up, what I’m struggling with, etc. She invests in my life, keeps me accountable and prays for me constantly. She is so important to me and I am so incredibly thankful for her! I would say this is an aspect of my walk with Christ that I definitely wasn’t introduced to until I started going to the Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech. My desire is that one-on-one discipleship would be implemented in the high school setting in all youth groups. If I was involved in a one-on-one in high school, so many things could have been avoided. It is extremely important to my relationship with Christ and I can only hope that this practice will spill over into high school. A couple of things about this; your one-on-one should be of the same gender as you, someone with experience and wisdom, typically older than you, and someone who loves you that you’re comfortable sharing and being transparent with!
I hope this helps, inspires and/or encourages you today.
Just call him Jesus, Savior, Son of God, the King of Kings. Our salvation has a name. Jesus, Savior, Precious Lord of Everything. Our whole world’s about to change! “Jesus, Savior” by Chris August
I’ve been LOVING this song lately. Check it out!
Peace and Blessings!

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