Monday, November 20, 2006

Missional means being number 5 is OK

Greg Long has a wonderful song called "Fifteen"

I think it models a missional mindset, how about you?

I was sitting at the table
As the waitress took our order
In her eyes I knew that something wasn't right
And before I saw it coming
I was caught up in her story
Of the storms that she had weathered in her life
My friend said can we pray for you
She said I think I'd like you to
She walked away, we bowed our heads
But then he turned to me and said


If it takes fifteen times
To hear about Jesus
For someone to believe
Wherever I stand in line
I've got to make a difference
In case it comes down to me
'Cause, I may be the third, may be the seventh
There may be years in between
But what if I'm fifteen
What if I'm fifteen

Just a chapter in a story
With the ending still unwritten
Do they find the truth of Jesus after all As I listen for the whispers
And I follow where they lead me
I pray that I'll be faithful to the call
If I'm who I'm supposed to be
I know that God can work through me
I may not understand it now
But I believe somehow

If it takes fifteen times
To hear about Jesus
For someone to believe
Wherever I stand in line
I've got to make a difference
In case it comes down to me
'Cause I may be the third, may be the seventh
There may be years in between
But what if I'm fifteen
What if I'm fifteen

God I don't want to miss the chances
When you open the door
What may seem so insignificant
You see so much more

If it takes fifteen times
To hear about Jesus
For someone to believe
Wherever I stand in line
I've got to make a difference
In case it comes down to me
'Cause I may be the third, may be the seventh
There may be years in between
But what if I'm fifteen
What if I'm fifteen


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2 comments:

Jarvis said...

It's a great reminder to focus on the opportunities we're each given, day-to-day, moment-to moment. I see so many ministires acting like they're in competition with one another--how childish. Like the Iceman said to Maverick in Top Gun, "Whose side are you on, anyway?"

Missionally speaking, it's ultimately going to happen as a [UNIFIED] team effort, or it's not going to happen. There are hurting people out there counting on all of us.

LET'S GO!!!

JDL said...

I've hung around lots of "evangelist" types, the ones who can get someone to pray the sinners prayer after a brief conversation, and surprisingly, it's sincere. I'm not that kind of person. In the 14 years I've been a Christ follower, I've had the opportunity to lead just a few people, maybe ten, into a relationship with Christ.

I used to beat myself up that I wasn't winning someone to the Lord everytime we do outreach.

Now, I've decided that my job is simply to love people where they are. I don't mind proclaiming the Gospel, I do it each time I sense the Holy Spirit's leading.

But now I realize everyone is on a journey. I'm content to be any of the fifteen that it takes to bring someone into a relationship with Christ, or to be an encourager for those who have already come to Jesus.

The most practical scripture I know in a missional sense is that "Love Never Fails." If I can be a vessel of God's love for people, then I am confident that God will use it for his purposes.

Thanks for pointing out something we should all be aware of. I'm content with the role Jesus has me in.

I rejoice when I get to lead someone to Jesus. But I also rejoice when dealing with a homeless woman, passing her a pair of socks and everyone around her is shocked because it hadn't been five minutes before and she was saying how desperately she needed a new pair of socks. These little miracles of God's grace worked through us are part of God's plan to.

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