Practical Steps to Show People Jesus

Show People Jesus. That is our mission…as individuals and as the church.
So if we have a mission, we need to start living as missionaries.
We need to live our mission.
 
In his book, 5 Habits of Highly Missional People, Michael Frost gives very practical, very specific ways that we can live on mission and I believe we would do well to follow this strategy. Make this part of your week.

Bless – I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not part of our church.
Ways to Bless:
Words of Kindness – if you think something nice about someone, give it life by saying it to them!
Acts of Service – Look for ways to serve and love your neighbors and those around you and do it!
Gifts – A gift can show the recipient that they are known, cared for and valued.

Eat – I will eat with three people this week, at least one who is not part of our church.
Invite three people to share a meal with you, at least one of whom isn’t a Christian. What you’ll find happening is that people will return your hospitality. This will give you real opportunities to Show People Jesus. Don’t judge the lifestyles or eating (or drinking) habits of your host. See the opportunity as a chance to Show People Jesus.

Listen – I will spend time this week in prayer, listening for the Spirit’s voice.
Practical Steps for Listening:
Set time aside – Don’t try to connect to God on the run. See it as a precious time alone, just between you and God.
Eliminate Distractions – when you eliminate distractions, you are more ready to listen
Let God Speak – Don’t start your meditation by asking questions or telling the Holy Spirit what you want.
Follow God’s Leading – Listen to what God is saying to you and act on it.

Learn – I will spend time this week learning Christ.
Ways to Learn about Christ:
Study the Gospels – Read, read, read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Read about Jesus – There are many writings about the life of Jesus. If you need suggestions, email us for a list
Commit to Fellowship – Attend church meetings, worship together, and get involved in a small group of some kind

Sent – I will journal throughout the week the ways I lived to Show People Jesus.
Journaling is a great way to keep track and remind yourself of what living to show people Jesus actually looks like. You can keep a note list on your phone, or on paper, but please try to keep yourself aware.

If you want to be a generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christlike missionary, don’t just try to learn those values.
Live them out and “Show People Jesus”.