Keeping in line with this week’s suggestion for parenting SENT kids (you can read Monday’s post by clicking here), here is an article from The Upstream Collective‘s The Mission Book. Please read it, and then consider these four questions:
1 _ did Jesus proactively seek out the hurting, the sick, the lonely, the weary, and the oppressed? What are some examples?
2 _ am I proactively seeking out those whom Jesus proactively seeks out, not to be my “service project” or evangelistic target but rather to have presence with and growing, gracious, family-like relationships with?
3 _ who are the followers of Jesus that you are doing life with, and who are the hurting, the sick, the lonely, the weary, and the oppressed that you might encounter in your daily rhythms? They don’t have to be poor, by the way. They might even hide their sickness very well. Also, notice the “with whom” and “to whom” aspect of this question, implying the importance of not “seeking the sick” alone.
4 _ consider how to take the teaching of this article and apply it in how you are parenting and discipling your own children. Will they go to college one day having stayed saved and satisfied or having made disciples among the lost and lonely with you?
Here’s the article below.
SEEKING THE SICK
by jason c dukes
Is your everyday life as a follower of Jesus living on mission focused on caring for the sick or the healthy?
Think about it.
I am not saying that each of us aren’t “sick.” We are. Included in the Gospel (the “good news”) is the not-so-good news of how selfish we are and the consequences that we face because of our the self-absorption. That bad news of course is met with the good news that God did not wait for us to say we were sorry for being so selfish with Him, but instead acted first to restore and forgive even before we sought forgiveness.
The point I am simply making is that if you focus all your ministry efforts, whether as an individual or a local church family together, on attracting more and more “healthy” people, providing programs to appease families who will keep bringing their kids and “tithing” their money and paying your facility maintenance costs, then you are focused on the healthy and not the sick. And if you think of church as “what it does for me” instead of “how I am the church to others,” then you are definitely focusing on the healthy and not the sick.
My friends Billy and Jason just got back from St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the things they noticed there was that when leaders are looking for the next place to minister, they don’t look for the most attractive place where maybe a “church” can grow well. They look for the darkest place where people who are so broken might be restored when met with the unconditional love and gracious mercy and infinite compassion and overwhelming forgiveness of Jesus. They look for the sick.
Is your “church” or are you as the “church” focused on giving yourself away to the sick or to the healthy?