Not the Way We Had Planned
Mission Point is blessed to have some incredible cooks in our church family, so it seemed like a no-brainer to host a prayer breakfast. We planned for 100 guests and invited our neighbors - the staff of Franklin's Printing, the staff of the Department of Children's Services, the staff of the Rutherford County Board of Education - and other friends of Mission Point. By 7:00 am, we were ready; our Mission Point missionaries had prepared well.
When no guests came by the scheduled starting time, we decided to go ahead and eat so that we'd be ready when they did. When only two had shown by 7:45 am, we decided to go ahead with our program highlighted by the Pledge of Allegiance led by 86-year-old, retired Chief Warrant Officer Garland Hughes. We finished our planned activities around 8:00 am with no new arrivals. The morning hadn't gone as we hoped and planned, but it was far from a failure.
We said, "Come!"; He said, "Go!".
With no clear idea of how many might come, we had already made plans to distribute the "leftovers". We divided into two teams and carried food to the employees of Franklin's Printing and to the staff of RCDCS. At both places we were greeted with great appreciation and had the opportunity to pray for them. As it turned out, serving these groups at their workplaces was far more effective than had they come to the church. We'd missed a key principle from Scripture. God's instruction to us isn't to gather those we're called to serve, requiring them to come to us. Instead, we are called to go to them, to serve them where they are, as we go.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a NIV)