This idea of being "missional" simply means that we are SENT. Practically, it means that we intentionally rub shoulders with those who are yet to know Jesus. This is not a program, but something that needs to happen in the everyday rhythms of our lives. Here are some suggestions:
Missional living is not about going out and making things happen. It begins with prayer. Pray for open doors. Pray for natural opportunities in the everyday rhythms of your life. And then listen to God's Spirit. And when He speaks, act, step out, be generous, love people well.
We all have to eat. So, why not make it a practice of eating with someone who doesn't know Jesus? Go to lunch with a co-worker or a classmate, invite the neighbors over for pizza, have a cookout on your street, or a BBQ in a park. Just be intentional with people who don't know Jesus. One meal-one relationship at a time. And remember, we are often faithful when it comes to meeting other Christians around the Lord's table, but are we faithless in meeting non-Christians around theirs?
Get outside! Walk around your neighborhood, your school, your place of employment. Walk to the grocery store, the mall, the park, the mailbox. Be intentional. Say hi to people. Smile. Engage them in conversation. Bring the dog and the kids. And save the planet and some gas!
Instead of going all over the city for gas, groceries, haircuts, eating out, and coffee, visit the same places at the same times. Get to know the staff and the barista. Ask questions. Listen. Tip well. Be a regular and build relationships!
Sounds pretty easy, right? It is! Take your breaks together. Go out for lunch. Hang out after work. And begin praying for them! And if you're a stay at home mom, make some play dates happen with the moms in your neighbourhood.
Walk across the street. Cross a fence. Help a neighbor by weeding, mowing the lawn, or fixing a car. If they are out building a fence, offer to help. When they go on vacation, take care of the dog and get the mail. Think outside the box, yet inside the Spirit's leading. Just love and serve!
Get out and do something that you enjoy. Join the gym or a sports team. Enroll the kids in their favorite activities and get to know the parents. Or share your hobby with others by teaching lessons like piano, art, or tennis. Again, be prayerful. Be intentional. Have fun.