Some Christians can be enthralled with the idea of doing great things for God in exotic locales. While that type of mission is needed, the first place God calls us is often not across the world but across the street. Christ calls us to represent Him right where we are. The hardest ministry may be among those who know us best, but those same people are the ones most impacted by the way Christ has transformed us.
It’s common that the things we think aren’t expressed in what we say. Further, what we say often fails to line up with what we actually do. For instance, I can think, wow, I’m fat, which in turn causes me to say, “I’m going to eat right and lose some weight.” However, what I truly value is demonstrated in what happens after that. Do I follow through, get up at five in the morning to hit the gym and eat clean, or do I continue to sleep in and eat the donuts and pizza? Jesus calls us to be wholehearted people with hearts congruently set on him. This means all the parts of myself match:
- Thoughts: the desire to see people come to know Jesus
- Words: actually talking about Jesus at every chance
- Actions: serving others with an ends-of-the-earth mentality
Do you truly desire that others experience the same change that Jesus has wrought in your life? Obviously you do—spending time with students every week is evidence of that. What can you do to cultivate a more wholeheartedly congruent life?
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.