God’s Mission

 

The world today is both frightening and fascinating.  We seem inundated with wars of all kinds; ethnic wars, civil wars, wars of independence and religious wars.  Recently the biggest threat seems to be terrorist wars, which seem to flare up on a regular basis everywhere.

If you’re like me you’ve probably wondered from time to time where God is in the midst of such a crazy world.  What is God up to in all of these events?  In this, my inaugural pastoral study in this devotional blog, we will attempt to address the question; what exactly is the mission of God in our world today and how does it involve us personally and as the church?

The fact is that the word mission does not appear anywhere in the Bible.  However, that does not mean that the Bible is not a missionary text through and through.  We will be exploring the divine drama of God in Scripture which is played out through the lives of numerous people, spanning thousands of years, who respond to God’s call and choose to walk his path.

The first clue as to what God is up to as far as His mission is concerned comes from the way we find God enacting his plan of mission in spite of his rebellious creation, Adam and Eve.  Being creatures of choice, Adam and Even try to bypass God’s plan for them by listening to the enticing ideas of the serpent.  They fall.  As a result of their blatant denial of respect for their creator, God judges them and the serpent.

In essence, the story of mission from that time on has been the tory of God reaching out to humans, who are asked to choose sides.  The conflict between God and the serpent, or Satan is not a dualistic battle.  Satan’s defeat was provided for even in God’s judgment against Adam and Eve.  Eve will produce offspring who will fatally wound the serpent.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

       he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.” [1] Genesis 3:15

 

This initial promise of salvation, known as the protoevangelium (Peters 1972, 83-86) is the promise that Jesus will come for all people.  But here is what I want us to notice as we begin our study of God’s mission.  God starts it all.  He pursues Adam and Even after the fall and promises the solution to their (and our) brokenness.

The solution for the brokenness of the world including our personal brokenness has been given through the promise of God, Jesus Christ who has defeated the one who wants us to remain broken.  Have you received him as the solution for your brokenness?  If not, this first day of the New Year would be a good time to do that.  Pray this prayer if that is your desire:

Lord, I receive the gift of forgiveness you’ve offered through the sacrifice of your son Jesus Christ as the solution to my sin and brokenness.  Forgive me of all my sin as I now turn away from it.  BE the Lord of my life.  In Jesus Name, Amen.


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 3:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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