The American culture trains us to be devastatingly independent with a front-runner, do it your own way approach. The Lord, however, desires us to humble ourselves to be willing to learn from each other and those who have gone before us. Just as members of the body of Christ benefit one another with diverse gifts and talents, we can also greatly benefit one another by learning from each other’s faith and previous experiences. In Hebrews 13, God encourages his people to follow the example and way of life that the leaders who taught them the word of God modeled and in 1st Corinthians 10, God outlined the gross sins and faithlessness of Israel so that we would learn from their mistakes and walk in a different way than they had walked in the wilderness. Likewise, here are five important lessons learned while living on mission among diaspora people that I would now like to pass on so that you might be more prepared as you go make disciples of all nations.
If we want to see people come to Jesus, let’s ask the Father. ‘You don’t have because you don’t ask’ (and sometimes we don’t ask because we don’t want it that much).
Of course God’s generosity isn’t on a ‘prayer tap’. But the first 6 months here – when I often took an hour on solitary dark mornings to walk around Clarkston praising God and asking for him to act – they ‘paid off’ in answered prayers right till the day we moved out. I really should have done less direct outreach and more praying! I kind of discovered an adrenaline rush(!) in being God’s priest under Jesus, representing the spiritual needs of lost people to Him, and knowing He was listening.