Living missionally is not about doing missions; it’s about embracing a missionary lifestyle. It is an awareness of your individual circle of influence and seeking to make the Savior known within. It is an understanding of your distinct context and purposefully living out the Gospel within. It is a determination to live in such a way that others will see the difference the Gospel makes by the way we love, care for, and serve others in Jesus’ name. People are watching. They make determinations about the validity, worthiness, and purpose of our faith by the way we live out our faith and not the way we talk about our faith. Christians today are viewed much differently by the world than they were in the first and second century.
“They dwell in their countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all others; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death and restored to life. They are poor yet make many rich, they are in lack of all things an yet abound in all; they are dishonored and yet in their very dishonor are glorified. They are evil spoken of and yet are justified; they are reviled and bless; they are insulted and repay the insult with honor; they do good yet are punished as evildoers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred. To sum it all up in one word – what the soul is to the body, that are Christians in the world.”
The Epistle to Diognetes, early Christian writing – AD 130
Early Christians understood missional living before missional living was a thing. Early Christians were living on-mission long before living on-mission was a thing. One can only imagine how different our world would be today if the same things were being said of the Christian community the twenty-first century.