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God’s Mission and You

Our God is a missional God. Mission is part of God’s very nature. Consider these: When He created the world, He did not create a static paradise, but one that would be fruitful and grow. Ever since mankind disobeyed Him, our God has been on a mission to draw us back to Himself. In that mission, God appointed leaders, prophets, priests and kings to guide His people and show them who He is.

The climax of that mission centres around the work of Jesus Christ – God the Father sending God the Son into the world to live and to die so that all things might be reconciled to Him. After Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit was sent into the lives of disciples. As Christ-indwelt, Spirit-empowered disciples, we are sent into various spheres of life to bring the message of reconciliation to all. Meanwhile we await the return of King Jesus and the completion of God’s mission which He initiated from ages past.

David Bosch, in his book Transforming Mission (p.390) puts it this way: “Mission is thereby seen as a movement from God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. There is church because there is mission, not vice versa. To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love.”

How shall we define God’s mission? In a sense, it is the entirety of the Bible – the grand biblical storyline from creation to new creation. That’s big. The gospel is far more radical, more inclusive, more compelling, more relevant, more transformational than we think.

But perhaps we may summarize our part in this way: Mission is our participation in the divine initiative of God to announce the good news of the grand story – the Kingdom of God made possible through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, resulting in the healing and reconciliation of all things in heaven and on earth through Christ, to the praise and glory of God.

Whether you are a pastor or a full-time homemaker, a student or a retiree, living locally or serving cross-culturally, working as a lawyer or artist or engineer or writer or politician or construction worker, you are called to be an ambassador of the Kingdom of God. You are called to bear the gospel to all of creation. You are called to participate in God’s mission.

For some, it may mean serving God in a foreign land. For most of us, it means faithful living wherever we are placed – in the home, amongst friends, in schools and workplaces. For all of us, it means we start right here, right now. To be a Christian, is to be joined to God’s mission, which has now become ours too.

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7
Fri, 30 September 2022

Invisible Coming of the Antichrist

Observation:

What is the relationship between “the man of lawlessness” and “the mystery of lawlessness”?

Deeper Reflection
WHILE “THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS” IS RESTRAINED FROM appearing, “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” (v.7). “The man of lawlessness” and “the mystery of lawlessness” have one thing in common: “lawlessness.” In the Bible, a “mystery” is something that God has hidden but reveals at the right time (cf. Eph 3:4-5). The “man of lawlessness” will appear in “full force and openly to all eyes”50 as the final antichrist as prophesied in Daniel 11:21-45. But this prophecy is to be fulfilled “in an unexpected manner” – unknown in the Daniel 11 prophecy – and hence, a “mystery”51. Paul has insight into this “mystery”: “Paul sees that, though this fiend has not yet come so visibly as he will at the final end of history, he is already at work in the covenant community.”52 “The mystery of lawlessness” is the “unusual invisible coming”53 of “the man of lawlessness”. Behind the visible “mystery of lawlessness” is the invisible “man of lawlessness”.“Lawlessness” is violation of the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, as well as civil law, for governments are “established by God” (Rom 13:1-4). But still, injustice prevails insidiously in the justice department of certain nations. Jesus has predicted that in the last days, “lawlessness is increased, and most people’s love will grow cold” – in how human beings are increasingly being treated unkindly and unjustly (Matt 24:12). In the context of Paul’s warning, “Do not be deceived” (v.3), the “lawlessness” refers to the activity of the antichrist through “his deceivers, the false teachers”54. The aim and effect of this “lawlessness” is “the apostasy” (v.3).
50 G. K. Beale, 218 51 G. K. Beale, 218 52 G. K. Beale, 218-19 53 G. K. Beale, 219 54 G. K. Beale, 219
Application:

What does the reality of “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” mean to me in my discipleship journey?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for SGI leaders: To be strong in the Lord amidst the lawlessness of the world
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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