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How can we not be part of the Mission?

July 23, 2008

I came across this quote today on a blog while messing around on google:

“If God is encountered and experienced as supreme missionary, going before, searching out, inviting and receiving in, abiding with, then those very characteristics will be found in the Church of such a God.  If God is known as One who is always self-giving, and urging and bringing shalom, then so will the Church be, and so on.”

Is God missional in His nature? I would say yes! As Dr. Galeotti would say in OT I, we follow a “coming down kind of God,” meaning that God, in His nature, did not hesitate to come down to engage His fallen creation (see. Gen. 3:9). The fact that God pursues Adam in Gen. 3 after the fall is one of those incredibly significant texts that are often overlooked because “everyone knows the story of Adam and Eve” or it’s written off as a fairytale. An omniscient, sovereign, omnipotent God comes down immediately after He’s rejected by His creation? Now THAT’s significant!

As we study the grand narrative of Scripture we see, as W.A. Criswell called it, “the scarlet thread of redemption.” God seeks, pursues, and offers hope for redemption from the beginning to end. From Gen. 3:9 to Gen. 3:15 (the promise of a seed) to Gen. 12 (the promise that God will bless all nations through Abraham) we see that God has begun a great movement to bring His people back to Himself. The OT continues this theme through its focus on the Israelites, a nation called to be holy because God is holy and to be His ambassadors to the nations.

Although the Israelites continually fail, God’s mission does not. God demonstrates His “coming-down” nature again in the Person of Jesus Christ. Alvin Reid says, “the coming of Christ demonstrated the evangelistic heart of God.” This is so true. His disciples, though not really getting the picture at first, continue His mission after His death, resurrection, and ascension. And now, 2000 years later, the name of Jesus is known throughout the world.

Obviously the mission is neither over nor complete. The need remains to join His Great Mission. After seeing this theme throughout Scripture can someone really be an obedient Christian and not join the Mission? We are to be holy because He is holy. We are to be blameless because He is blameless. We are to be missionaries because He is the “supreme missionary.”

We don’t go to Mexico, Europe, Africa, Iraq, China, and everywhere else in the world because we are a political movement. We don’t go because we want more people to join a religious club. We don’t go because it’s a more moral means of seeing the world and traveling. We go because we follow Him, whether He leads us to the neighbor across the street or the nation across the seas.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2008 2:52 pm

    Amen. God has left the Church a blueprint to follow in the example of Jesus Christ. We, like Timothy, must be the kind of recreated people that seeks the interests of Jesus Christ. And thus, our greatest interest and endeavor must be the glory of God in Christ in the salvation of sinners. A missionary God is greatly glorified in a missionary church, for such a church has in Christ the heart of God. Thanks for addressing this essential reality, for in it I find a sense of comfort for my own burdened soul.

  2. July 23, 2008 4:09 pm

    Loved the final paragraph. Hoo-Rah!

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