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How Abiding In Christ Distinguishes the Missional Enterprise

Last week, we wrote about the importance of the culture of an organization.

At US Navigators Missional Enterprise, we believe that a vital component of the culture of a missional enterprise is Abiding in Christ. While Jesus calls us to bear fruit, he says that:

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (ESV)

In a recent edition of M3 Weekly, we shared some thoughts and resources related specifically to the role of prayer in missional enterprise. Here are a couple of additional resources that may encourage and exhort you in the broader concept of abiding in Christ as a business leader:

  • The Kingdom of God is About Bearing Fruit, an article by Chuck Broughton, posted on the Navigators website (about four minutes to read). Broughton emphasizes how the Abiding in Christ perspective transformed his perception and experience of spiritual disciplines: “The spiritual disciplines that once frustrated me—quiet times, Bible study, prayer, and sharing my faith—now help me abide in Christ and stay connected to Him.”
  • What is Success? Advancing Spiritual Impact in BAM, an article on the Business as Mission BAM Blog (about seven minutes to read). Written by a 20-year veteran of BAM, the article emphasizes the importance of abiding specifically for those engaged in business as mission: “I believe we need to help those BAM practitioners who are in the midst of the struggles of day-to-day business operations renew a spirit of abiding in Christ at a deeper level. . . . we need to redefine the idea of abiding in Christ so that it is not limited to the personal aspects of our faith, but extends to an overarching practice for the whole of our life, business included.”

Verse of the Week:

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2:24 (ESV)

Does the Holy Spirit bring to your mind something that you “heard from the beginning” that he wants to “abide in you” today? Let’s meditate on his words throughout the day as we abide in him.

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