As you consider how God might be calling you to be missional, to act as a missionary to your neighborhood, to your office, your family, or a group of people you spend time with, think of these three easy concepts: Up, In, and Out.
Individuals that focus too much on UP, can sometimes come across as only concerned about getting someone to make a commitment or sign on the dotted line. Groups that focus on UP are often mostly concerned about bible studies and how they themselves can grow in holiness but often neglect caring and reaching out to others. Those that focus too much on IN sometimes seem more like a support group that others have difficulty feeling apart of. Then there are those who focus so much on OUT that they serve but rarely ever talk about Jesus or really intend for those they are serving to join their community. In order to live missionally we must live our faith UP, IN, and OUT.
This is an easy way to remember and pattern your efforts either with your life group or a gathering of those who want to help you reach a particular group of people. Alternate between UP, IN, and OUT activities. For example, one week have an IN gathering where you and those closest to you get together to talk about how God might want to use you to reach others. Tell stories about how God has been working in your lives and how you can support one another. The next week go OUT and serve together by hosting a neighborhood party whose proceeds help someone in need. Invite anyone who seems interested to join you for a bonfire on the beach for an UP activity in the weeks that follow where you pray for everyone gathered and share a brief biblical story in an easy to understand way and then talk about it.
Hopefully, as you begin to think about how you are UPing, INing, and OUTing, we can together be faithful to Christ's commands to make disciples of all nations, all peoples, wherever we find ourselves.