There is a rapid increase in our Christian world today to be 'missional.'
I do believe that sharing our faith, at any moment we are called to, is the basis of being Salt and Light in a dark world.
But, there has become a mantra that cries louder than Jesus.
Be extraordinary in your walk with Christ.
Be out in the masses.
If you aren't living dangerously, you aren't living a profound Christian life.
I prayed a prayer over ten years ago.
This prayer was heartfelt and oh so important.
Keep me humble Oh LORD, keep me uncomplicated in how I share you.
Soon after that, I was on the mission field and I got caught up wanting something BIG to happen.
I wanted to build a ministry that would bring the masses to know Him.
I was encouraged to move to the big city. I struggled with this.
Praise God, I quickly realized - this was not my job.
For a moment I forgot my original call: to live for an audience of One. Sharing the love I had for God with one person at a time.
I have a small job. What is that job?
Being faithful in the daily things.
Over 30 years of learning how to do that well has been God moment after God moment.
I read this quote recently:
"Being a 'radical,' 'missional' Christian is slowly becoming the 'new legalism.' We need more ordinary God and people lovers. (Matt 22:36-40)" ⏤Anthony Bradley, world.wng.org
He goes on to say: "How the push to be 'radical' and 'missional' discourages ordinary people in ordinary places from doing ordinary things to the glory of God." ⏤ Anthony Bradley
What a profound thought.
After I left my adult children, my church, sold my home, car, left my career, and entered the foreign mission field in a rural area in Germany at the age of 49, I was 'encouraged' by many to:
Go to the cities and share beyond what you are capable of. Leave your comfort zones.
Think about this. This was after I had already moved to a foriegn country, culture, and language.
This might have been some people's call. It disconcerted me. I had to stop and get quiet again.
If I had not stopped to discern my call, I believe I would have moved into depression. Possibly left the mission field way before the years of living and learning and sharing and growing with nationals that I did.
There is this push that doesn't emphasize the 'CALL' to go to the masses. Instead it is all about doing something bigger than life whether or not you have been called. This push that says you are not living 'missionally' if you aren't in the throng of masses.
I question this thought.
I am reminded of the small yet life-changing book I read over 29 years ago:
'The Practice of the Presence of God' by brother Lawrence. (see links below)
"A man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the Kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end." He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence." Quoted from cover of 'The Practice of the Presence of God'
For nearly 300 years Brother Lawrence's words have blessed and encouraged those of us that have small, yet profound lives.
"As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen ⏤surrounded by people aski n his knees in prayer."
Years ago as a single mother of three, an elementary school teacher, and a bible study leader to only a living-room-full, I found his words encouraging.
Without these words of wisdom, how to be in Jesus Christ in the mundane daily, I might not have heard the call to begin the process of going onto the foriegn mission field at 46 years of age. But, I did.
Only to find myself caught up after a few years in the 'growth' concept. The concept that being in a rural area was not good enough. I needed to go to a city to really make an impact.
But I wasn't called to the cities.
I never left the rural area. And to God's glory, there was much growth in those small rural areas, directly related to what He had called me to. And that growth continues.
In 2014, I asked God to show me where He would want me to go next. I thought He would have put me in another rural area, in Germany.
Instead, he brought me to 'Little Blue Moon', in the USA. He brought me here to be married to a quiet, diligent, gentle, and godly man. He brought me back to discover a neurological disorder with my voice.
I remembered that time I had specifically asked God to keep my thoughts focused on three things: Him, the mission - one person at a time, and my life filled with the important, but little things.
And today, after returning at 58 to the USA, I find myself in a new endeavor. Bringing people the opportunity to read and meditate on the word and be in union with other Christians across denominational lines on the internet. Not using my voice as a teacher/mentor. Instead, here on the page - writing.
Still with a heart of mentoring.
At this moment our website (www.readthebiblewithrobyncox.com) is new (only 77 days) and young. It isn't anything fancy, it is nothing huge, but it is growing steadily. We have wonderful members that come repeatedly back to read/meditate/share.
It is simple, faithful, regular.
And those in search of finding a commitment to going into His Word on a regular basis with others (because they desire to intentionally seek God daily, to build a loving community across denominations, and/or they are unable to be involved in a physical community due to time constraints, family commitments, or health issues) - will find a safe haven here on this membership website.
So, I am called in this moment to remain faithful on a daily basis.
Bringing daily; one verse, or chapter, or book at time, with ideas on how to read/meditate/hide in hearts, the word of God to those that have joined our community.
Praying with and for them. Something that God has gifted me in. It is a 'red prayer chair moment'...
Please pray for me as I desire to share my passion of the Word of God on a Daily Basis in a safe Community with those interested in intentionally growing and uniting across denominational lines.
"They will know we are Christians by our love."
Because He Is the I AM, i am
Robyn Rochelle Cox
May HE Be Your ALL,
Robyn and Biff Cox,
And this is my very old 'read prayer chair'. It had a different location in Texas. This picture was taken when I lived as a missionary in Germany. And now it sits in it's special spot in our 'Little Blue Moon.'
This is where I go to read/journal/meditate/pray daily. This is really the only thing I have been consistently diligent in for years. The stabilizer that has allowed me to make wise choices. He has met me here. He has taught me much in 'prayer chairs' over the last 30 years. Things I am called to share.
These moments are what I believe God wants us to invite others into on our website: https://www.readthebiblewithrobyncox.com/
'The Practice of the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence.
(the free audio find here: you can skip the commercial...)
(Also Brother Lawrence's book in pdf find it here: )
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WHOSE AM I?