This is a post from Franklin, over at F.Sciutto by grace alone. Good Stuff!!! Thanks to Franklin for letting me post it on my blog.
Here’s an excerpt from Matt Chandler’s sermon, “What is Missional Living?” I listened to it a few mornings ago on my way to UC and was shown how amazing the freedom in Christ we have is and how it gives us power to serve those whom He has given us. Matt Chandler continues to encourage me in my faith in Christ, and I hope it encourages you as you go through your daily lives. My prayer, especially for myself, is that I’ll live this way, intentionally showing Christ through everything I do and say. If I am to claim to believe in the wondrous work that He has accomplished for me through His death on the cross and through His resurrection, then my life needs to show that He is my Prize, that He is my Treasure, that He is my All, that He is my Strength, and that He is my Lord and Savior.
“[....] Even in our area, you’ve got new movie theaters going up, you’ve got new shops going up, you’ve got a thousand different places you could spend your time, energy and money. But here’s the thing that’s just so disturbing to me. With all this stuff to do, why are we so bored?
“Can I tell you what’s killing us? The majority of us have compartmentalized our faith. And what I mean by that is church and Jesus and goodness and God exist when I’m around church and church things, but it has not bled over into my marriage, it has not bled over into my wallet, it has not bled over into my job, it has not bled over into my life, it has not bled over into how I see my neighborhood, it has not bled over into how I spend my coin, it has not bled over into how I treat my children, it has not bled over into how I see athletics, it has not bled over into what I spend my time doing.
“Most of us are unmoved by our faith because we’ve compartmentalized it into this little section and said, “I’ll be a good person,” and we’ll determine that by watching the news and go, “Oh, I haven’t mass killed anybody… Hey, I haven’t raped… I haven’t done that…” So we’ll compare against the darkness and go, “I’m not that bad of a person… I don’t cuss too much… I don’t watch inappropriate movies…”
“And so we’ll live in that really weird, boring, unchanging, unadventurous place where we’re neat Christian people going to a neat Christian church where none of the rest of our life is affected. And so that’s it, that’s Evangelicalism. [...] “Jesus is great. He’s great… (on Sunday).”
“He’s not great because we love our money more than we love Him and His kingdom. And He’s not great because we love our kids’ chances of becoming professional athletes more than we love Him. So He’s great, but He’s great as long as He’s in where we want Him to be in. And that’s what makes us so powerless. Because few of us have been freed up to the slavery of trinkets and toys. I mean, we just play the same games as everybody else and just put Jesus’ name on the back end of it.
“If you’re a believer in here, be honest. Do you see your finances, do you see your wallet though the kingdom lens? Ask yourself, “How am I a minister of reconciliation? How do I use my money for reconciliation?”
“[....] Can I tell you how you engage culture? Quit seeing people as there to serve your existence, but rather see them as souls that God has created, loves and has invited in to the reconciliation. So this bleeds into everything we do.
“Do you know why you can’t get coffee here? Because I’d much rather you just pick it up on your way in where you know your barista’s name. Do you know why we don’t have a gym here for you? Because there’s three of them within a 12 mile radius. Go there. Do you know why we don’t have intramural sports here? Because I’d much rather you be right in the middle of a pagan world being a light of Christ. “Well Chandler, if you go to the gym and try to play on a basketball team, there’s a lot of potty mouths out there.” Yeah, I’ve been there. I know there are. I think you’ll be alright. I think you won’t catch that. “Well, I want to play ball in a godly environment.” Okay, be an agent of reconciliation. Be an ambassador of Christ and see what happens.
“We’ve been reconciled so we become agents of reconciliation. And that’s why I think so many of us are bored. There’s thrill that comes by being used by God. Don’t try to see this through the lenses of religion. Don’t go, “Oh, I had better do this or God gets angry.” No, you’ve been set free to do this. And once again, I always want to push freedom with you.
“Do you know how free it is to see your money not as yours, your house not as yours, your stuff not as yours, to be able to live in such a way that you’re open handed like that, to live in such a way that you see everything that you’ve been given as given to you not just for your own joy but for the mission and the kingdom of God in terms of reconciliation? [....]