Just a Thought

“In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  -Matthew 5:16

 

A little contingency of the Celebration tribe just returned from the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida. I’m still a little dazed. In just four short days, we experienced a whirlwind of potent insights, fruitful conversation and a little dose of Disney, too (no, shocker there!). Before I share more, I want to say thank you. I’m grateful to serve among a people who value leadership development and creative experiences. Celebration folks are intentional about learning and growing both in faith and in being the church. Thank you!

It was my first time to experience Exponential, a conference focused on church planting and new missional communities. A variety of speakers shared their experience in their own context and faith traditions. One speaker in particular really captured my attention. Michael Frost suggested that outreach is less about telling and more about living. Frost suggests that Christians are called to live questionable lives. Don’t get your hopes up, he didn’t mean morally questionable. We aren’t called to run-amuck. Frost suggested that we live in such a way that others might be curious about our lifestyle, our motivations, curious enough to ask questions.

As believers, one of our primary concerns should be the arousal of curiosity among unbelievers leading to questions and faith sharing.” –Michael Frost

Questionable living. This idea really resonates with me. I must confess, I can become a little leery, and weary, of aggressive Christians who push their faith on others. But I am all about living wholeheartedly among others; living a life saturated by God’s love for us. A life that entails walking humbly, turning the other cheek, feeding the hungry, and loving the neighbor; a life that both shows that I believe, and helps me believe more fully along the way.

This form of outreach grows from relationship and integrity. This form of outreach invites others into conversation. And in conversation, we have the opportunity to share our faith. To explain that the way we treat our friends, our spouses and our children – are modeled after Jesus’ compassion and respect of others. To explain that our generosity with time and talents – are simply in response to God’s overflowing generosity to us. This is the Good News in real life.

So, my friends…

  • How are you living a questionable life?
  • How are you responding to people’s questions?

It’s just a thought,
Vicar Jen