So, it has been a little over a month since we arrived here at CoveCrest. It is hard to believe that we have already finished training and are diving more deeply into the life of radical hospitality and service. I love the life here, and am learning to appreciate LifeTeen’s Rule of Life. It is a simple document, full of scripture and based off of Saint Benedict’s Rule of Life, that outlines the life style for all community members. One of the sections of the rule speaks of radical hospitality, and has really been sticking out to me lately.
During Morning Prayer one day, I was thinking about the verse from the Gospel of John where it says “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As I began to pray into what that meant for me as a missionary, I was lead to think about what it meant for the first missionary of our church, Christ.
Jesus above and beyond all else was led by the spirit and centered on God the Father. Yes as Christians we can physically see how Jesus died for our sins, but His life first and foremost was really given to the Father. I came to understand that His supreme act of laying down His life for His friends, was laying down His life in full submission and love of the Father. From that posture of surrender and trust, Jesus gave His life over to save the world.
What I mean by this, is that as a Christian called to be missionary I am first called to be contemplative and to listen to the heart of God the Father. Before I do anything else, I am called to sit at the feet of Christ. The more I am free to sit at the feet of Christ in a posture of receptivity, the more God will call me into action and help me to serve with love those He brings into my life. As I stay in the rhythym of unceasing daily prayer, God will call me to an even greater love and form of laying down my life than could ever come simply through me.
A close friend summer began to sign her e-mails “Be Missionary,” which I am beginning to realize also means to be contemplative. As missionaries,we are called to be contemplatives just as Christ the first missionary. When we are able to be contemplatives in action we begin to serve from the overflowing love the Lord pours into our lives.