Last year we began an initiative at Simply Living for Him called “Simply Go!” My intention was to provide a space on the blog to share encouragement and ideas or resources to help women be missional in their everyday lives. You do not have to go around the world to be a missionary. In fact, you ARE one in your life every day. First at home and then in your community.
Well, 2021 became a crazy year, and that initiative got put on the backburner. But I do hope to start back up here and provide blog posts and encouragement again in this area. This world needs JESUS!! This world is getting darker each day. And really, the only thing that will change the world is Jesus. Changed hearts will change the world! So today, I want to share with you SIMPLE ways to be missional every day.
The first and most important thing I want to remind you is this: Disciples make disciples. The most important thing you can do to share Christ is to spend time with Him yourself. Because when you do, people see that in you naturally. You don’t even have to say a word. They will see Him and want to know more. Building a relationship is the bridge to sharing the Gospel.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible describes this so well with the early disciples:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 ESV“
Do people recognize you have been with Jesus?
If you want to be missional and share the Gospel, don’t try so hard. The Holy Spirit will be evident in you and will give you the words when needed. Your job is simply to fill up on the Word, spend time with Him, and be in prayer. Let the Spirit work in you. Don’t try to be the Spirit in someone’s life. But overall, the best thing you can do is spend time with the Lord yourself.
Then there are simple and tangible ways to share grace and love these days. Because let’s face it, the world needs lots of grace and love these days! Here are some ideas:
Send a card: Let’s go back to the old days- send a handwritten note. Take time to write a letter or a card, not for any reason but to let someone know you are thinking of them. Add a Bible verse and note of encouragement. People want to know that they are thought about. And are loved.
Drop something on the porch: A flower arrangement, a coffee, a treat, or some groceries…anything to let someone know they are thought about and they are cared for. It doesn’t have to be big to show someone they are loved. Even better, do it anonymously!
Call someone: Oh, how late 1990s of me to suggest this! I know many of us (myself included) have a love-hate or hate-hate relationship with the phone! Why is that? I have no idea. But let’s get over ourselves. Sometimes hearing another voice at the end of the line is so necessary. Ask them, “How can I pray for you today?” Then do it. If they’re not the praying type, don’t worry about making them uncomfortable. The Spirit is at work, remember? Not you. Let them feel that love at the moment. As uncomfortable as you think it will be, imagine their surprise when someone loves them enough to pray! Their uncomfortableness is with it being something new to them, not with you!
Run an errand: Many folks can’t get out these days, so while you are running errands, ask if you can pick something up for them? A simple act that can mean so much.
Lastly, SMILE. Be positive. There is enough negativity in the world. And smiles are contagious. And the GOSPEL is contagious. But a negative and complaining Spirit doesn’t draw people to HIM. So focus on HIM, smile, and share the love!
Do you have any ideas to add? Let’s encourage one another. Leave your ideas in the comments!