The foundation of our practice and training for discipleship and mission is discernment.
And when we say discernment, we don’t just mean making decisions about big life choices. We mean discerning the kingdom of God in the nitty gritty of everyday life. Discerning the activity of God in the normal events of our day.
One of the core tenets of missional theology is that God is already present and at work before we “arrive,” so mission is more about participating in what God’s doing than getting God to do something.
So living missionally is about paying attention to what God is doing, and then offering our bodies as a living sacrifice to participate in that reality. This is how we practice the presence of God. This is how we follow Jesus as disciples.
This all sounds great! But one of the biggest questions people have about this is HOW IN THE WORLD DO WE DO THAT? How do you know what God’s doing in and around you? How do you learn to pay attention and discern this?
For most of us, this takes a lot of time, intentionality and training to learn to do naturally (this is why it’s the main focus of the first year of Gravity Leadership Academy).
Here’s a video of Matt and Ben talking about what it looks like practically to discern what God is doing, using an example from their local church community.
What do you think? Does this sound impossible? Interesting? Scary? Leave a comment below and join the conversation!
P.S. Did you know we do in-depth training for the kind of discernment Ben and Matt talked about in this video? Click here to check it out.