And Paul went in, has was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
Christians have such a proclivity to forget things. A short reading of the New Testament and you can easily see it. Paul reminded the immature Corinthians about not forgetting the importance of the gospel. John Calvin addressed it in his writing describing, "the fall of the human mind into a slippery forgetfulness of God ." In terms of living on mission intentionally, we are prone to forget that "We Need Jesus" just as much as the people who do not yet know Him.
Looking at the missionary activity of the apostle Paul, it's easy to get caught up in his courageous zeal to share the gospel with others and lose sight of what Paul really believed about himself. In his letter to the Romans, Timothy showed us the posture of Paul's heart.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith
A proper perspective of ourselves in light of who God is, who we are, and what Christ has done is a must for living on mission intentionally in a healthy way that honors Jesus and serves others well. Thus, a gospel humility must always be the posture of our hearts as we engage in Jesus' mission. As we live contextually, we must ask the Holy Spirit to sear these truths upon our hearts and minds. Charles Spurgeon said it this way,
Six feet of dirt make all men equal.
We must remember to bring people to Jesus from a place of equality and openly make the confession, "I need Jesus. You need Jesus. We need Jesus." For this is the mantra of a disciple's life! For some further reading, please check out this article.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ac 17:2–4.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), 1 Ti 1:15.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Php 3:8–9.