Hello friends and family. Glad to be back posting. Had a brief break while attending to in-house stuff. New job, big house projects.. Things of that sort. Anyway, We hope all is well with you and that you find yourselves pursuing the grace of God even more in your lives!
On to business. We have a special guest post today. We have been seeking some friends of ours to invest some of their lives in sharing with our audience the things going on in their lives. This post is from a buddy of mine that I have had the privilege of befriending many years ago at a youth group. It has been a blessing to see him (Mike) and his wife (Corrie) get married and have a beautiful family. I asked him to share some thoughts on marriage and mission. Hope you all are encouraged and blessed as I was by their sincerity.
Here is the contribution by Mike and Corrie.
Growing up in church, I have always felt a sense of calling when it came to missions. Part of it being the exotic lure of living in a different culture and part of it being an earnest desire for people to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I’m truly blessed that God has placed in my life a wife who shared my enthusiasm for both these things and as we began our journey of life together, we often contemplated what and where our future would be. Opportunities came and went as we found ourselves thinking of moving to places like Kosovo, Ireland, New Zealand; but nothing came to pass. The biggest part of these considerations was what would our ministry look like? No matter what the location, the mission seemed to be the same: investing in the lives of others in order to make disciples of Jesus.
Its been several years now since Corrie and I have traveled any where, but we find ourselves still burdened and called to the same mission. Just because we are not across the world doing it, does not take away from the calling we have. Now more than ever, we see that living our lives here, in New Jersey, is the mission field we have been given. As Corrie and I grow in the knowledge of the grace of God in our own marriage, these truths impact the other spheres of our lives like a ripple effect.
Mission at Home
Viewing our home as a place to teach our children about the gospel of Jesus,we are able to invest in time and resources for their spiritual development. This provides opportunity for biblical and theological discussion ( yes, they are only ages 5,4, and 2, but it is true). Some of the best talks about the nature of God and the person and work of Jesus, have been with my kids. It also provides Corrie and I practice for making the gospel simple and not overbearing, so that whoever we may encounter, believer or unbeliever, we may be able to effectively communicate to them the Good News of Jesus (Deut. 6:4-9).
Mission in the work place
After a long day at work, both Corrie and I have much to tell each other about things said, behaviors acted out, and grievances to confess. The first thing is simple: talking to each other. It’s very easy to simply ask the question, “How was your day?” and reply with a “fine” and nothing more. But it takes discipline to engage your spouse and let them know that there were things that went on for 1/3 of your day that you want share in rejoicing, or repent from , or ask for prayer in. Marriage is so much sweeter when you know that someone has your back in the workplace (James 5:16).
Mission in your neighborhood
Corrie and I have lived in our current home for about 2 years now, and sadly to say we barely know our neighbors. But the conviction our heart lately has been to be more involved with them. We have purposefully tried to strike up conversation with those we see at the park near our house when we bring the kids out, or those who are walking their dogs and the kids stop them to ask if they can pet them. We have invited them over for parties and BBQs. All this with the gospel at the center of our intentions. We don’t want simple to be neighborly, but we want lost people to know that God is has provided a way for sinners to approach him and the cost of his Son’s life. This can only be reached if a relationship is established built on kindness and trustworthiness(Eph. 4:25, 1 Cor 10:24).
I know there is mission to be sought in more places than these 3, but these are the most prominent in my life and I feel in the lives of other married christians. As these territories are sought together in marriage, I see God’s goodness and faithfulness revealed more and more as 2 people die to themselves in the name of Jesus and pursue 1 life with the glory of God as center.
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