If the Gospel is central to the mission of the church then it should influence the daily life of every church member. I think we would all agree with this statement. However, it should raise the question of how much this actually happens. How much of our decisions and planning, our comings and goings, our thoughts and activity are actually influenced by the work of the Gospel? In this and the next article on this topic I want to raise this question to specific age groups.
If you are a young person planning for the future...what role does the Gospel have in your ambitions and aims? Have you thought about going into a career that would give you flexibility so that you can take missions trips? Have you thought of going into a field where you could make lots of money...so that you can help fund Gospel labors among the nations? Have you considered pursuing the kind of work that will provide you opportunities for telling people about Christ?
If you are in the midst of family life...do you shape your life and the life of your family around the Gospel? Do your children know there is a mission? Do you make conscious choices to build relationships with neighbors, coworkers, and people from the community for the purpose of declaring to them the good news of Christ? Is your home open to people who need Christ? Are you evangelizing your own kids with purposeful Gospel conversation and training?