What is God asking of you?

It was great to have Paul come and share some stuff (including some mouldy bugs!) at The Gathering on Sunday about what they’ve been doing as a family for the last three years in Tanzania - fixing teeth, training local people, & showing God’s love in a very practical way.

He made us think about how, with our very limited knowledge of Tanzania, we might go about telling people about Jesus within their culture. We talked about getting practical, being sustainable, & trying to meet real needs as opposed to what we think people in Tanzania might need.

We then flipped it around to thinking about our own culture here in the UK and asked what the real needs of people are, and how can we meet those needs and bring Jesus to people.

Here’s what we came up with…

What are the real needs of people in the UK?
Jesus
Security
Love
Companionship
Acceptance
Significance
Value
Community
Hope & Purpose
Food & Water

How can we meet these needs and bring Jesus to people?
Praying on the streets
Be opportunistic
Creating a space for the community
Investing in people/community – this takes time!
Consistency   
Outward looking
Intentional with friendships
Creating a common purpose
Getting to know your neighbours
Using your skills for the benefit of others
Blessing people for the sake of blessing them
Positive attitude
Resolve to encourage others
Redeeming bits of culture that have been taken over e.g. Christmas
Street parties

The big question in all this comes from Micah 6:8 – what is God asking of you? In your day to day life, at work, with your housemates, in your community, your church, what is God asking you to be doing? And the challenge is; are we listening and cracking on and doing whatever this might be?! And how can we be encouraging each other in this and doing it together?

Here’s The Message version of those Micah verses…

“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
    what GOD is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour,
    be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
    take God seriously.”

As always, would love to hear your thoughts and plans! Get sharing… :)


COMING UP: PRAYING ON THE STREETS – THIS SUNDAY (15TH), 1PM