On Sunday we heard from the Ethiopia team in regard to the recent mission trip. When people come back from an overseas mission, they come back with a passion and drive because of what God has been doing in and through them. Mission doesn’t start when the plane takes off, mission doesn’t end when you get home.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
God has invited all of us to mission. He is a missional God. The theological term for this is Missio Dei
The concept of missio Dei is recognition that God is a sending God and that the church is sent.
In describing the mission of the church, Tim Keller notes: “God does not merely send the church in mission. God already is in mission, and the church must join him. This also means, then, that the church does not simply have a missions department; it should wholly exist to be a mission.”
The disciples were sent to reach the world with the good news of Jesus. We share that mission today: Jesus Christ embodied that mission; the Holy Spirit empowers for that mission; the church is the instrument of that mission; and the culture is the context in which that mission occurs.
In other words, as Christians, the mission of God is the primary purpose of our lives.
How can you join God in his mission this week?