“It’s not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world
as that God has a church for His Mission in the world.”
Christopher J.H. Wright
The Mission of God
"I wonder what God's will is for my life?"
It's a question that we often ask. Especially as we near a year's end, we begin to think about the things that we feel we should be doing or that we dream of doing. We put a lot of pressure on determining God's will in our goals and our plans. We search for His mission, and often become frustrated when there is not a clear blueprint.
I'm coming to understand more and more that there is not a clear 1-2-3 plan that I must follow as my mission in life. More, I see that God has plans to have himself made known in the world and that we as members of his universal church are the conduits of that message. In our daily lives, with the people we meet and see at work and play, we are presenting him. Even when we don't feel like it and are not planning it, we are representing him. The church (as in the people not the building) are the ones who demonstrate his mission. We don't have to search for what our individual mission is because we have the same mission. We just have different people with whom we are to share it.
As you prepare to say good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012, I urge you to reflect on the group of people with whom you have been placed to learn and worship and live. They are the ones you are to join with and live out the Mission of God. May you find new and old ways to demonstrate his love for his world with that group of people.
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Thank you for joining me for In Other Words today. If you are able, I would love to read your reflections on the above quote. Just add your link below. If you are unable to join in this week, I pray you are blessed by what you read. Enjoy these closing days of 2011 and I look forward to joining together with you as we live out His Mission in 2012. God Bless you!