‘This blog series is based on one idea from the sermon each week. This week’s blog is written by Pete Rennie. It’s based on the sermon ‘Corinth’ which you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/livinghopeinverness/corinth-acts-181-17′
At Living Hope Church, we are passionate about being a family of everyday missionaries. Why? Because the gospel is good news, and good news is to be shared. As Christians we are called to give our lives away so that others might come to know Jesus, and to grow in Jesus. That’s what it means to live on mission.
And sometimes life on mission is exhilarating. You have great conversations with an unbelieving colleague. You see someone believe in Jesus. You walk with your friend as they grow in their relationship with Christ.
But sometimes life on mission sucks. The people you know have no interest whatsoever in Jesus. You are kept at arms length because of your faith. You watch as someone you care for walks away from the church.
There are times when the ups and downs of life on mission takes it toll and it feels more hassle than it’s worth. We question if it’s really worth it? We wonder if there’s really any point? The temptation is to privatise our faith – to keep ourselves, and our faith, to ourselves. So what do we do in those moments?
In Acts 18, we find Paul in Corinth facing that same issue. He’s travelled over 1500 miles in 18 months. He’s been chased from town to town by a baying mob. He’s arrived, alone, in a city of 250,000 people. When he lives on mission he is rejected yet again; dragged before the Roman tribunal. He’s asking if life on mission is really worth it? He’s tempted to go silent and privatise his faith. I’m sure he was dreaming of finding a quiet, peaceful place where he could make some tents to pay the bills.
But just as Paul is ready to quit, Jesus speaks. When we’re tempted to swap a life on mission for a private faith we need to hear the voice of Jesus. He says two things:
1 – I am with you.
Jesus encourages Paul to keep on speaking because He is with Him. When Jesus is with us, we don’t need to be silent because we fear other people. As Christians, we have been united with Jesus; by faith, His life is our life, His death is our death. God is fully pleased with us and therefore, we don’t need to privatise our faith because we fear what other people think of us.
2 – I have more people.
Jesus encourages Paul to keep going because He still has other people in Corinth. God is on a mission to gather a people for Himself and that mission isn’t complete. As Christians, we are the agents of that mission. Through us, God is seeking and saving lost people and He still has more to save.
When life on mission sucks, when you’re ready to pack it all in for a quiet life of ease, hear the voice of Jesus saying to you: “I am with you and I have more people, so keep going.”