Yesterday, we talked about how our vision as a church is to be a church of disciples making disciple-makers. And that a part of being a disciple is making more disciples. It’s actually woven into the DNA of a disciple. That’s our vision. Disciples making disciple-makers.
Today, we are going to spend some time focusing and praying about our mission. You are probably well aware of our mission as a church as it is tied directly to our name 6:8. Which comes from Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
When it comes to vision – we’re disciples making disciple-makers.
When it comes to mission, we are disciples who Do Justice, Love Mercy & Walk Humbly.
Ravi Zacharias shared that David summarized the 613 laws of the Old Testament down to 15, then Isaiah summarized them down to 11 and Micah reduced those to 3 – Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly.
Moses had 613 laws, David reduced them to 15, Isaiah reduced those to 11 and Micah reduced those to 3 – Do justice, Love Mercy, Walk humbly.
— SixEight Church (@SixEightChurch) March 20, 2014
That is part of the reason we have clung to tightly to those three things – because they are clearly what we are supposed to be doing.
But that’s not the biggest reason.
The biggest reason is, when we look at the life of Jesus, we see that he everything he did in his public ministry came out of one of those three things. Many of them covered more than one. One of the best ways to summarize the work Jesus did in his public ministry is to say that He did Justice, He loved Mercy and He walked Humbly.
And since being a disciple means to follow someone in hopes of becoming like them in thinking and practice, this is a key principle for us to learn about how Jesus lived.
How Should we Pray?
With the Now for Next prayers we are praying, the best way for us to be in a receiving position to hear from God is to already be doing what we know we are supposed to be doing.
It’s Not Likely
Let me explain, if you are tying to become a starter for the the Varsity football team, the best way to be in position to get that opportunity is to be doing the work and putting in the effort of a starter. If you are lazy, sitting the bench, stewing in your own rage that coach isn’t putting you in, do you think you’ll ever get the call to go in the game? Not likely.
If you are wanting to get a promotion at work, the way to get that promotion is to do work on the level of the job you want to get. Not only do you do your job with excellence, you look for additional things to be doing to get your foot in the boss’s door. If you sit around and complain that you’re not getting paid enough, and you deserve the promotion more than your boss does, do you think you’re going to get it? Again, not likely.
But, if you’re already doing the work, if you’re already in the zone you’re supposed to be performing in, and you’re shining in that zone, then when the call comes to go in the game, not only are you going to get the call, but you’ll be ready.
Not only will we be the ones to get the call, but we’ll be ready to get the call as well. If we’re riding the bench, getting fat and being lazy, we-ourselves-won’t be ready to get the call. We’ll be out of shape. Our reflexes and reactions will be slow. Our ability to think like a starter will be turned off. But, if we’re doing the work, then when we get the call, we’re ready to get in the game.
So, let’s pray while we Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk humbly
Let’s be actively pursuing the 6:8 mission while we are praying our Now for Next prayers. Let’s make Justice, Mercy and Humility the qualities we are known by. Wouldn’t it be awesome if people knew you went to 6:8 church, not because you wore a shirt or told them the name, but because your life was characterized by Micah 6:8? That would be AMAZING!!!
Focus on this as you pray:
- God help me to Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly every opportunity of every day.
- God help me to be active in your work, so when I hear you ask me to do something I’m ready for it.
- God held our church to be actively doing the 6:8 mission so when you lead us, the ship is already moving in that direction.
- God as we do what you’ve told us to do, help us to do now what will prepare us for what you have for us next.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.