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October 04, 2011

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Dave Miller

"I hear Mission and Missional Living constantly expounded upon in conference after conference and in the Christian publishing industry because of the "crisis" of falling numbers and declining budgets. But, I hear little about actually knowing Jesus and treasuring Him. Maybe I have just been listening to the wrong people."

Spot on. Amen.

Gary Snowden

Alan,

I always appreciate your calling us all back to what's ultimately most important--knowing and cultivating a relationship with Christ. Thanks for being a consistent voice crying in the wilderness to remind us of the need to focus on Him above all else.

Brian Finnan

Alan,
I totally understand where you are coming from but hope and pray that the reason we are missional is because of our main focus our relationship with Christ. Further, being missional to the extreme we have talked about, moving from our Jerusalem to the ends of the earth is born from our cultivating and nurturing our love for Jesus. We strive to emulate Jesus in all we do! Just thinking!

Christiane

If you expand the 'we' to include the first missionaries and all who have gone out into the world over two thousand years time to spread the Gospel,
then something happens . . . you feel a 'part' of a real 'Great Commission' . . . on-going from the beginning until when the Lord returns to us.

And that changes your perspective and puts it into a place of humility and also of great strength. The following prayer gives an insight into 'the long view' . . .

"A Prayer by Oscar Romero
"It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker."

Alan Cross

Brian, of course I agree with you there. When our focus is on Jesus, He moves us out to engage others and incarnate the gospel everywhere we go. I am not advocating against mission, per se. I'm just making sure that it is connected to the Source. I often hear a lot of talk about "mission" almost as a stand alone descriptor of who we are and what binds us together.

Christiane - thank you. Good words.

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