Ride sharing is a new phenomenon in Western culture and has changed the face of the taxi industry. It's also an incredible asset for people like myself who need to find ways to support themselves financially and take a burden off of the local church. But for all of its innovation, the thing I find most incredible about ride sharing is the opportunity to live the mission of God out of one's car.
I have driven thousands of people in my vehicle. Each person that gets in is a new opportunity to share the ways of Jesus, if not in word, then in deed. I am privileged each time to show hospitality to people who need to receive it. More than once I have had the chance to share the gospel with people, and even more times I've been able to speak healing words to people who were struggling to face their day. Ride sharing is a simple way to live on mission with God in the ordinary things of life.
"Ministry" is not just for pastors. The days of dividing people into clergy and laity (pastors and congregants) are over. We are all called to live on mission. There's no such thing as a super Christian, and no such thing as a Christ follower who's not called to be a missionary. You don't have to go anywhere to be missional. God has already sent you to your place of work, your neighborhood, and your network of relationships.
So what about you? How might God be challenging you to live on mission at your place of work? Whether you're a teacher, retail associate, police officer, or computer analyst, there is opportunity to show Christ's love to people each day. Who do you come into contact with each day? Your co-workers, customers, and passers by are opportunities. They present to you a chance to show the ways of Jesus through a kind word or simple act of selflessness.