The Bridge Chicago is a way to offer the resources of Mission:USA to help people do good ministry.
I am a college grad, working a regular 9-5 job. I am in love with Jesus. I pray, read my Bible, attend a local church and love and serve as best as I can. But, it feels like I’m not doing as much as I could and life seems somewhat mundane. I want to be able to serve the Lord but everything I’m trying to do just doesn’t draw others to God. I hear people talking about radical service, giving up everything and I’m wondering if I should do the same (quit my job, go overseas). Any advice, please?
You have a heart to help people and a willingness to admit when the thing you are currently trying isn’t working. Believe me, the Lord can do massive things with those traits, and far too many people are missing the second one.
I can certainly relate to that feeling of restlessness. Just know that it can be a good thing, that little voice that keeps you from being complacent. It is fantastic to say to the Lord, like Isaiah, “here I am, send me”, and to want for that to be something big.
I can’t tell you if God is calling you to go live in a hut in Africa or sell everything and wander the lands preaching. What I do know is that isn’t the only form that radically service takes. As a matter of fact, I would say the world is over capacity for preachers. You can start radically serving God tomorrow, in your current town, in your current free time, I guarantee it.
This is radical: find someone who thinks no one cares about them, and care about them. That can be at the jailhouse, at the homeless shelter, at the after school program, a retirement home, or it might be middle schoolers in your town, it might just be people in your current church who feel like they don’t quite fit in there.
That was the radical thing about the ministry of Jesus: who He loved. Time and again, that is the thing that made the religious establishment wildly uncomfortable. He went to lepers, tax collectors, hermits, prostitutes, foreigners, frustrated religious people, whoever. He even said that whatever you do for the people He termed “the least of these” you do to Him.
If you will go find the lonely, the downtrodden, the unloved and then just try to serve them and love on them in the name of Jesus, radical doesn’t even begin to cover what will start to happen.
-Matt from The Bridge