And I heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom Shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am, send me." Isaiah 6:8
If I’m being honest, whenever I would hear the words “Live sent” at church I would ignore it. These were the words I never wanted to hear because of the weight they hold. Living sent (or living your life on mission) means to get out of your comfort bubble, let go of whatever it is you’re holding on to so tightly, and be obedient in your relationship with Jesus.
I think back to all those times I would sit in different church services and at the end of almost all of them, the pastor would give us this call to action or encouragement. This would essentially be the equivalent to - if not simply saying - “live sent this week”. I would push it to the back of my mind, trying not to think about what it would look like if I were to ‘live sent’. It’s funny to me now because, ironically, I am in a current season where I live in a place that begs me to explain what living sent is and why I do it. Only this is in the form of a different question - ‘why?’
There is not a day where I don’t get asked “why did you move here?” “why this city?” “why do you like it here?” I get asked this so often because I live in a country where a blonde, green eyed woman like me can really stand out amongst the sea of people who all seem to look the same. I wish I could tell every person who approaches me my real answer to this ‘why’. To the people I know and have been able to share with, I tell them;
“because I believe in a God and that he created me uniquely yet in his own image. That my life was made with a purpose to have a relationship with Jesus and to tell others about Him. And that they too could have this same opportunity to find out what they were created for.”
A common misconception is that living sent is only for the people who live overseas, but that’s just not true. Anyone and everyone can live sent by sharing the gospel wherever they are. The moment you decide to follow Jesus, you’re not living an ordinary, comfortable life. The reality is you’re signing up for the most uncomfortable life you could ever imagine. It’s uncomfortable because you’re saying yes to a life with a father who created everything for Him and His glory and even created you in His own image. He knows what’s best for you, whether you realize that or not. He may ask you one day to pack up and move to another place, to leave your community and to give up everything you once found comfort in. That new place may be a new house, a new city, a new state, or even a new country. Or maybe He’s asking you to stay put, but maybe in different circumstances. It sounds scary, believe me. But it’s worth it. See, to flourish in something, it doesn’t come from anything you do. To flourish in life, you must be stripped to nothing. When you have nothing, that’s when you realize your need. This is not an if/then situation, it’s is an internal behavior. Only then can you flourish because your next instinct would be to surrender your life to the one who is everything.
Jesus is asking you to surrender yourself to Him. Living sent means you are saying yes to Jesus and are surrendering your worldly comforts to someone who created you and knows your desires way more than you think you do...and what could be more comforting than that?