Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Don't just do something, Sit there!

I was listening to post cast of Michael Frost at Dallas Theological Seminary. He gave some pointers on missional living, and I have been reflecting on the 1st one, "Don't just do something, sit there."

Simple and counterintuitive, yet communicates the flaw with the traditional view of mission. In an effort to share, evangelize or even disciple people, I carry an attitude with me. That attitude is, I have something that you need. Therefore, you need to listen to me so that I can share that with you. Now, this is simple and great! I just had one frustration with it, it didn't seem to work all the time. I had actually gotten used this approach not working. I figured people just didn't want the Truth. I was in the clear, what people did with the Truth was their problem.

But this approach of sitting, observing and listening opened up doors. I was able to share as much as before only this time it was in their context. I was able to make Truth applicable to their circumstances. I told them what I had learned instead of telling them what they should do.

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