This is one of those fancy words that the church often uses to talk about the mission of the church. I heard recently, that the Church has a mission, and you might respond, "of course it does." What if this were rephrased, "God's mission has a church?"
Does that change things? I think that it does. I remember when I was a senior in college and it was time for my senior testimony. I got up in front of all the the professors, president of the college, and all of my classmates, and said, "God does not need you for anything." When you first hear this you might say, " of course he does." But let's look at this.
Does he really? God is holy, eternal, almighty, and totally self-sufficient. So the answer is yes, He does not need us, but we need him. See Psalm 104:14, 27, 29 This is an awkward thought when many of us have grown up with the idea that God needs us to accomplish his purpose here on earth.
Truth be told, this is one of the most profound spiritual truths that I have struggled with in my life. You may feel the same as you read this. Rest assured, that I do believe he has a purpose for each us in his grand plan. He has a mission and his mission has a church. Better yet he has a divine mission and wants us to be a part of it.
I recently read the following and found it saying what is on my heart.
"Christians must not sidestep God’s gracious disclosure of himself in the Scriptures. His thoughts on his mission shape and direct our understanding of the church and its mission. Just as God’s words and thoughts must be ours, his mission must be ours as well."
Missional Living, means living with mission. The DNA of the Church is God's mission. He placed it there.
Good morning fellow sojourner, (sojourner, is person who resides temporarily in a place). I invite you to join me on a journey of rest and reflection. So much in our lives is vying for our attention and much of this is good.
Why " Beef Jerky," years ago when I was a youth pastor I had a regular discussion with my students that centered around the 1st Chapter in the book of Joshua and the eighth verse:
'This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
The word Mediate really caught my attention. it is what a cow does when it chews the cud. Cows eat grass, chew it up, and send it to their stomachs pretty quickly. After a while, the cow burps it back up, chews on that grass and some other grass, and does the whole process over again. I thought, wow, like cows chewing the cud, meditating on the Word of God, is not a quick eat, chew, and swallow process. It is a long and meditative one. Like beef jerky you cant jut take a bite and swallow it, you have to chew it. So will you chew on it(his Word) with me?