John 17:18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
Living sent. We go because Jesus was sent and we follow in His steps.
When I think about being sent, I get a real sense of anxiety. What even is living sent? How can I fit yet another thing on my to do list? When I hear big “churchy” phrases like living sent and going out into the world, I find the phrases to sound confusing and full of hard work.
Lucky for us, Jesus gave us a magnificent display of how to live sent. Well, now you are thinking here he goes with more Sunday School-like answers. Jesus’ entire life seemed dedicated to traveling and spreading God’s word, which is correct, but this is a completely achievable goal for you in your life as well. As Jesus is praying by himself in John 17, he simplifies His entire ministry. Jesus did His ministry simply in the world. Wherever we are in our lives, we are called to be salt and light. This does not mean we have to stand out on a corner yelling REPENT TO JESUS! or even necessarily “go out” at all. You can live sent in your daily environment. Simply let Jesus’ light shine through you! As Christians we don’t need to escape the world or avoid sinful people, we are called to stay constantly yoked with God and let HIM lead us in whatever environment we are in. By spending more time in Christian community, meditating on the word, and talking to God, we can let God use us in our work spaces, schools, and everyday communities. Living sent just like Jesus is a heck of a lot easier than we think and you don’t even have to change your schedule. Let’s dig into our faith more as a church and live sent using God as our guide.
Thank you, God. Thank you for making your desires for my life so very clear and so very simple. Thank you for sending me. I ask that you please continue to show me your ways, that you continue to light my path, and that you continue to give me opportunities to live sent. Please remind me often that wherever I am, I am always in the perfect moment to share your word, spread your love, and shine your light. I lift this up in Your Son’s precious holy name.
Written by: T Tringali