• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

We’re on a mission

mission unstoppableKenneth Berding wrote the following in his short article, “At the Intersection of Mission and Spiritual Formation in the Letters of Paul”: The process of spiritual formation supports mission because the person on a mission is upheld in his work as he experiences ongoing transformation … This may be the area most emphasized in Paul’s writings regarding how important spiritual formation is for mission.  Paul writes: “… we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”  (2 Cor. 4:2).  There is a transformation that takes place through the ministry of the Spirit while one is on the mission – a transformation “from glory to glory” (2 Cor. 3:17-18).

At the start of this new year, knowing that there are several ‘bends in the road’ ahead of us, it is important to remind ourselves that all our work is an overflow of our deepening relationship with Christ and the ongoing transformation being worked by His Spirit as He searches our hearts (Psalm 139) and drives us back to our only Hope: Jesus.

We’re on a mission.

However, that mission is not just the task of taking the Gospel to others.  It is the work of daily putting self to death and learning to live more and more to righteousness.

We’re on a mission.

Part of that ‘putting self to death’ may involve opening ourselves up more and more to others, so that God might use those people to build us up more and more into the image of Christ.  The mission of transformation goes through community.

We’re on a mission.

This means that there will be attitudes and reactions we will lay down as individuals and as a community this year, so that we might affirm more loudly with our voice and with all our heart: We’re on a mission … giving thanks to Jesus for working in us and through us.

5 Responses

  1. David, I heartedly agree with what you’ve written for us here! In his book, Infinite Journey, Andrew Davis argues effectively for the inward and outward journeys – inward is our growth in Christlikeness, outward is our taking the Gospel to the world. I know that I desperately need the inward progress as I seek to make progress in the outward journey! And, yes, it happens in the koinonia (shared life) with Christ and other believers, centered on the apostles’ teaching, ministered by the Holy Spirit. It all comes back to our loving and gracious God!

    • I’m always amazed at how easily I can forget that God is both using us in His mission as well as tranforming us through involvement in His misson.

  2. Thanks for these insights, David. I think a times in our focus on mission, we forget the motivation and internal dynamics that should drive us. This is a needed reminder to start out the year.

  3. Dear David,

    Great thoughts. In my experience the place we start to go off the rails as missionaries and as Christians is when we forget about taking care of ourselves and focus solely on others. And we go off the rails when we become so task oriented we forget the task is about people. And we mess up when we are afraid to admit that perhaps we need to change in some way. When we allow the Holy Spirit to minister in us daily and use others to shape us as we, too, are helping others, God gets things done. He gets thing done within us and through us. We must never forget that God is at work transforming us, not just using us.

    In Jesus love, Gary

    • I love your emphasis on the fact that God uses others ‘to shape us as we, too, are helping others’! It’s a two way if not ‘three way’ interaction if we think of God working in us and through others.

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