Saturday, November 20, 2010

Living out the Gospel in America?

My heart has been unsettled recently with the way international missions are described within the American church: “I want to go on an adventure.” “I want to leave America and do something radical.” “I want to live out the gospel.”

Jesus calls His followers to deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Him. This calling is not simply for the foreign missionary—it is for every man and woman washed in the blood of the Lamb. It is for every American believer living in America.

The United States has something many countries do not: freedom. We are not entitled to freedom—we have been entrusted freedom.

Luke 12:48 says: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Are we as followers of Christ being faithful stewards of our freedom? Are we using our freedom to radically live out the gospel? I would be a hypocrite to say I am…

May we, by grace, seek to carry our cross and follow Christ here and now. May we live radically in the freedom He has entrusted to us. May we bring the gospel to the hurting and broken in our midst.

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