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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:
1 Samuel 22:20-23
Sat, 18 September 2021

God’s Church Will Not Die

Observation:

What is the significance of Abiathar’s escape from Saul’s slaughter of the priests?

Deeper Reflection
GOD’S FULFILMENT of His word of judgment on the house of Eli through the unjust and brutal slaughter of the priests by Saul is a divine mystery. Out of this comes another divine mystery: “But one son of Ahimelech… named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David” (v.20). In His judgment on Eli’s house, God preserved one descendant of Eli. Such is the sovereignty of God. And we must peg divine mystery to divine sovereignty. God’s preservation of one priest – albeit a descendant of Eli – out of the massive slaughter points to a divine principle: God always insistently preserves His people in the midst of destruction. The narrator shows the sharp contrast in Saul and David’s treatment of the priests to underscore this divine principle. To Ahimelech, Saul said, “You shall surely die” (1 Sam 22:16); to Abiathar, David said, “You are safe with me” (v.23). The priests of God were destroyed, but not completely. “The people of God may often be put down, but never put out. Abiathar’s escape does not mean that all God’s servants are immune from the world’s butchery, but that the world’s butchery can never wipe out all of God’s servants. The Lord does not promise that we will not die for the Kingdom of God, but the Kingdom of God will never die.”34 Jesus has made His commitment and promise that His Church will not die: “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matt 16:18).
34 Dale Ralph Davis, 232
Application:

What does it mean for me that the Church of God will not die?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise:
  • For Church Board: To see the church as God’s Church that will not die
  • Pray for significant people:
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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